The jug is modelled and moulded in the form of an elegant boot, with a siren handle at the front and a grimacing grotesque mask forming the aperture.
Maiolica jug by Unknown Artist, c. 15701590
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- Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
- Height: 23.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,600 ( Total: £6,500)
- Acquired in:
It is painted in blue, orange and manganese. A new style of maiolica painted in a rapid, sketchy style came into fashion in Italy from the 1540s onwards, which was perfected by the workshops in Faenza.
American antique shop, 1997; Bazaart.