Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Ewer

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enbossed copper with a silvered surface

  • Museum number:

    4892-1858

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This copper ewer was probably a purely decorative object. During the period 1500-1600 in Italy ewers changed from utilitarian objects for carrying and pouring water into pure showpieces.

Ornamental artists designed richly decorated examples, like this one, in the Mannerist style that emerged in Northern Italy in the 1520s. Typically such ewers had the ovate body, trumpet foot, narrow neck and curving handle placed high on the body you can see on this example.

Itinerant goldsmiths and engraved pattern sheets helped to spread this style of ewer to most of those European countries where there was a flourishing goldsmithing tradition.

Physical description

Embossed with scrolls and leaves, on the front of the ewer is a cherub's head.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enbossed copper with a silvered surface

Descriptive line

Stamped copper ewer washed with silver and embossed in scrolls and leaves, Venetian, 16th century

Materials

Copper; Silver

Techniques

Embossing; Silvering

Subjects depicted

Escutcheons (coats of arms); Cherub; Scrolls; Leaves

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.