pitcher(after Gaimster 1997)
- Museum number
Stoneware 'Bartmann' jug, pitcher; strap handle; overall patchy brown-speckled salt-glaze, cobalt blue on applied ornaments; moulded interlace; rimmed neck; large 'Bartmann' mask, inscription on either side; centre - ovoid applied medallions, arms, surmounted by crown and date; two escutcheons of England flanking; left and right - rounded applied medallions of Emperors Claudius and Nero, inscriptions.
- Production date
- 1607 (on applied medallion and inscriptions)
Diameter: 17 centimetres (base)
Diameter: 5.30 centimetres (rim)
Height: 36 centimetres (?max)
- Curator's comments
- Gaimster 1997
Applied medallion and inscriptions dated 1607
Large bulbous Bartmann jug with flat base, rim cordons and strap handle moulded with a barley-twist band. Buff-coloured stoneware with dabs of cobalt-blue under speckled brown salt-glaze.
Applied on the neck with moulded bearded facemask; on the shoulders with two repeating relief-moulded bands containing the proverbs ‘DRINCK VND EST GODES NIT VERGEST NIT 1607’ (‘Drink and eat, forget not your God, 1607’) and ‘DES HERRN VERTBLIBET IN EVICK ANMEN’ (‘the [Word] of God lives for ever, Amen’); the body applied with three relief-moulded medallions, two of which (L and R) based on Imperial Roman coinage: moulded with a portrait of the Emperor Nero (AD 54-68) with the identification, ‘NEbO.CDVADIVS.DHESA.L.VAG.GEI. PIN.T.PMI.N.S.P.D.6’ (for ‘NERO CLAUDIUS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P’) (L); a portrait of the Emperor Claudius (AD 41-54) with the garbled identification ‘TI.CLAVDIVS.CAESAR.AVG.PM.TR.IMP.P.P.D.K’ (for ‘TI CLAVD CAESAR AUG P M TR P IMP P P’) (R) and the quartered arms (C) of (1) Jülich-Kleve-Berg-Mark-Ravensberg and Moers, (2) unidentified, (3) Culemburg quartering Lecke and (4) a version of Orange-Nassau overlaid with a scotcheon of three bars (unidentified). The lower body is applied with a small roundel moulded with the arms of England (1c).
H: 360 mm
COMP: Reineking-von Bock, G. 1986, Steinzeug, Kataloge des Kunstgewerbemuseums Köln IV, Cologne, 3rd edition; 1st edition 1971, cat. 327, for same form dated 1607 with identical medallions.
Roman sestertii of the first century AD were collected and studied during the Renaissance and were often used as the source of images of Roman emperors on a wide range of media (pers. comm. Roger Bland).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number