Ewer (Schnabelkanne)

Workshop of Christian Knütgen

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This stoneware was produced on speculation for a middle-market clientele. Though handmade, its decoration was quick work, pressed on with reusable molds based on designs lifted from prints. Siegburg potters developed a reputation for interesting forms and the latest styles rendered in a distinctive gray-white glaze; lower end pieces (like a related Siegburg stoneware jug, 11.93.5) featured pewter rather than silver mounts. They were able to reach a huge market by distributing their work via trading posts controlled by the Hanseatic League, a powerful federation of merchant guilds and their market towns that included Lübeck, Cologne, London, Bruges, and later Antwerp and, to the north, Riga and Tallinn.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]

Ewer (Schnabelkanne), Workshop of Christian Knütgen (active 1568–1605), Salt-glazed stoneware; silver lid and mounts, German, Siegburg

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