This ewer is one of the largest and most impressive examples of a low-fire white pottery made in France in the middle years of the sixteenth century. Known as Saint-Porchaire ware, this group of elaborate and often architectural pieces is distinguished by the complex interlace designs of colored clays inlaid into the cream-colored earthenware body. These wares were believed to have been produced in the town of Saint-Porchaire in western France, but a Paris origin has also been suggested due to their technical sophistication and the ambition of their designs.
[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2011]
family of Ferdinand Chertier (by descent, belonged to his family for little over a century; belonged to his uncle in Henrichemont, in Berry, Sancerre; sold to Paris art dealer); dealer , Paris ; Charles Stein , Paris (by 1888–99; sale, Charles Stein collection, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 8–10, 1899, no. 12; to J. Pierpont Morgan for $49,000); J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)