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  • Ewer
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice, Italy
  • c. 1500
  • Enamel and copper, enamel
  • Height: 29.5 cm
    Width: 19.4 cm
  • W37
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
History
Images & Media
  • Ewers and basins were very common domestic objects during the Renaissance and would have been found in every well-to-do household. Whilst undecorated sets in plainer materials were made for daily use, grander sets such as this were generally made for ceremonial purposes and would not necessarily have been used. The basin bears a pair of coat-of-arms, one of which has been identified as that of the Ciacchi family of Florence, suggesting that this set was made as a gift for a marriage involving a member of this family. The ewer and basin are characteristic examples of Venetian enamelled copper work from the period around 1500. The gadrooning in the lower section of the ewer and on the dish also occurs in Venetian glass of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries and is derived from contemporary metalwork.