Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Jarro de Pico

Possibly by Hernando Solis
late 16th century
Spanish, Valladolid
Silver, parcel-gilt
Overall (confirmed): max ht. 7 5/8; ht. from upper edge of body: 6 5/16 x 8 3/8 x 4 3/16 in., 2.1lb. (19.4; 16 x 21.3 x 10.6 cm, 0.9474kg)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, in memory of Olga Raggio, 2009
Accession Number:
Not on view
A luxury utensil of near-mythic status, the jarro de pico was the quintessential domestic object of the so-called golden age of Hispanic silver. These ornately beaked ewers, intended for hand washing at the tables of the wealthy, typically meld elements of Renaissance style with the geometrically conceived forms of the Philip II
and Philip III periods, or the last half of the sixteenth and early part of the seventeenth century. In the jarro de pico the austerity of the ewer’s turned body is offset by the
powerfully modeled detail on the spout, which is often reminiscent of the grotesque designs popular in Renaissance Italy. The sculptural vigor of this ewer’s spout, in the
form of a bearded man with a foliate crown and pointed animal’s ears, contrasts with the sleekly functional, almost ergonomic form of the flamboyant handle, which features a spiky curve at its base and an unusually prominent thumb scroll that extends its height. The purity of the body is accented only by gilded horizontal bands and moldings.

Inside the foot of this jarro de pico are a mark bearing the arms of the city of Valladolid and a partial mark that has been tentatively identified as that of the silversmith Hernando Solis.
Marking: Inside of the foot: a mark bearing the arms of the city of Valladolid; a partial mark which has been tentatively identified as that of the maker Hernando Solis; assay scraping.
Private Collection, Argentina (until 1930s; to Keen) ; Federico Francisco Keen (from 1930s–d. 1990; to his son) ; by descent, Jeremy Keen (1990–2008) ; [ consigned to Jaime Eguiguren , Buenos Aires, in 2008 ] ; [ Pablo Hernandez , London, until 2009; sold to MMA ]
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