Costrel or Flask

ca. 1600-1680 (made)
Costrel or Flask thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Red earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip and covered with a yellowish glaze. Tall neck and thickly flanged rim. There are two pairs of applied loops on either side designed for the passage of a cord for suspension. Each loop roughly modelled in the shape of lions' masks. Spreading foot. Red earthenware with the upper part marbled with red and white slip and covered mostly with a transparent glaze. The lower part is unglazed.


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Materials and Techniques
Earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip
Brief Description
Costrel or flask of red earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip and covered with a yellowish glaze. Italian (probably Pontorme or Pisa), about 1600 to 1680.
Physical Description
Red earthenware with marbled decoration in white slip and covered with a yellowish glaze. Tall neck and thickly flanged rim. There are two pairs of applied loops on either side designed for the passage of a cord for suspension. Each loop roughly modelled in the shape of lions' masks. Spreading foot. Red earthenware with the upper part marbled with red and white slip and covered mostly with a transparent glaze. The lower part is unglazed.
Dimensions
  • Taken from register height: 12 7/8in
  • Taken from register width: 8in
Gallery Label
  • Pilgrim bottle Made in Pisa, Italy 16th or 17th Century 351-1908 Given by J.H. Fitzhenry(16/07/2008)
  • Costrel or flask, Italy, probably Pontorme or Pisa, about 1600-80 351-1908 Given by J.H. Fitzhenry(2010 (TAB))
Credit line
Given by J. H. Fitzhenry
Object history
Given by J. H. Fitzhenry (London).
Historical context
See British Museum catalogue 456 (see References) for information relating to numerous similar costrels found on sites in England, especially in London. Broad costrels like this one are widely found in north Italian slipware. Clay analysis on some examples support a Pisan manufacturing centre. Recent excavations by Anna Moore-Valeri in Pontorme have turned up fragmentary examples.
Bibliographic Reference
Thornton, Dora and Timothy Wilson, Italian Renaissance Ceramics. A catalogue of the British Museum collection, The British Museum Press, 2009
Collection
Accession Number
351-1908

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record createdJuly 16, 2008
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