This extremely rare 18th-century pouring vessel or ewer harked back to medieval prototypes in metal for its shape, but porcelain and stoneware versions were also made. It was probably more for ceremonial use than for the everyday table, since the delicate leaves show nothing more than surface wear. It is unmarked. Holitsch was a majolica factory in Hungary founded in 1743. It closed in 1827. (The name is also spelled Holics or Holitsh.) Provenance and attribution: The Antique Porcelain Company. It is seven and five-eighths inches tall. The hinge has been repainted but the extent of the repair underneath the paint cannot be seen. Obviously this would have been the weakest part of the container. Stein or jug collectors might also be interested in this; it was perhaps originally meant to hold water for washing hands during a meal, but it could also hold beer—not that I encourage you to use it!

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Holitsch Aquamanile Formed as a Mythological Bird 18thc.


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