Our handmade Italian terracotta Pilgrim's flask is in the hard to find rustic graffito style produced almost exclusively in Montopoli, Val D'Arno, near Pisa.
The wonderful semi-transparent redware glaze gives age and character to the piece. The handles and neck are clearly hand formed with the small irregularities that lend authenticity and charm. The designs have incised edges for further texture and authenticity. One side features a dragon rampant and the other a Fleur-de-lys; the historical city-state arms of Florence.
It may well be that this was created for sale at the 13th century Carthusian monastery just outside of Florence, which continued it's medieval tradition of selling pilgrims flasks marked with the city arms to visitors for support into the first part of the 20th century.
This would make an unusual and original addition for collectors of redware, pilgrim's flasks or with and interest in heraldry; or simply display a rustic and viscerally appealing decorative object.
Measures approximately 7 1/2" L x 6" W X 2" H. In excellent condition other than some small older losses around the stopper.
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