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Ewer

Date:
ca. 1550
Culture:
French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris
Medium:
Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament
Dimensions:
Height: 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1740
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
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]
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