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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enbossed copper with a silvered surface

  • Museum number:


  • 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)


16th century (made)



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


Copper; Silver


Embossing; Silvering

Subjects depicted

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




Metalwork Collection

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