French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris

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.

Ewer, Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament, French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris

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