The pictures do not do this monumental faience period Rococo mid 18th century Ewer justice. It is stunning measuring 22.5 inches high, 13.24 approx. from handle to spout and approx 7.75 to 8 inches at the widest diameter of the body. Completely hand painted with applied flowers on the handle, leaves above and below the handle and full relief polychrome mask, it is classic of the period. Complex to make, the bulbous center shows clearly the potters wheel marks. The glaze is heavy and lustrous with mirror depth. It has some age glaze craze lines as pictured around the mask, on the interior of the base and here and at the base where it joins the pedestal. These are age indications as are the typical 18th Century imperfections in the glaze. The only losses are the tip of the leaf at the top of the handle and a small edge chip in one petal of the red rose. There are no identifying marks other than a tiny check mark or V that looks like a tiny 14 on the base at the center inside a curl of the swag. This came from a substantial German family but looks more French to us. If you need more photos or have questions let us know.
Provenance of this 18th Century Antique: Our client’s predecessors are from the Fenk/Diner Linage in Southern Germany whose roots trace to the 17th Century in Rosenheim, a Bavarian German town at the confluence of the Inn and Mangfall Rivers, an ancient and continuing cross point of trade and commerce. This substantial family owned a brewery with an inn at the front of the brewery. They owned substantial land and natural springs which were essential to the brewery. Every year their Inn was one of the stations for the Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) Procession. (sa-3)
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