Ewer & basin by Unknown Artist

One of the smaller of the 3 similar sets from the Lomellini silver.

Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Ewer height: 46 cm; basin diameter: 51 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £30,000)
Acquired in:
1974
Vendor:
Christie's

Both have decorative schemes illustrating the loves of the gods, and may have been intended as marriage pieces. The lighthouse to the right of the centre medallion is the Lanterna or Torre di Faro, Genoa. By a Flemish goldsmith in Genoa. Another ewer and basin from the Lomellini silver was acquired by the V&A in 1974 with a grant from the Art Fund.

Provenance

5th Earl of Shaftesbury; by descent, Lord de Mauley.

Venue details

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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