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Stoneware globular jug; large; overall even dark-brown wash; lustrous salt-glaze; pedestal foot-ring; cylindrical neck; offset lipped rim - applied scrolled and foliate band; large grotesque lion mask, elaborate beard; body - 3 applied large oval medallions; (l), rectangular panel, Venus and Paris, geometric scrolled frame; (c), Venus, grotesque scrolled framing; (r), representation of Lucretia, grotesque scrolled framing; inscriptions; date; monogram.
- Production date
- 1578 (on applied medallions)
Diameter: 116 millimetres (base)
Diameter: 89 millimetres (rim)
Height: 344 millimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Gaimster 1997
Applied medallions dated 1578 and marked with the ‘IE’ monogram of the potter Jan Emens
Jug with bulbous body, tall cylindrical neck, pulled lip, cordoned pedestal base and strap handle. Dark grey stoneware, the surface with a dark brown wash under a lustrous salt-glaze.
Applied around the neck with a wide foliate band and on the front of the neck with a large grotesque lion-mask modelled in high relief. Applied around the body with three large oval medallions modelled with strapwork ornament and containing: the full-length representation of the Death of Lucretia on a shield with the identification ‘1578 LUSEESIA IE’ (L); the figure of Venus and the letters ‘VENVS IE 87 51’ (C); and with the figures of Venus and Paris (the Judgement of Paris) with the letters ‘VENS IE PARIS’ (R).
H: 344 mm
BIBL: Bernal Sale 1855, Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Works of Art … of that Distinguished Collector, Ralph Bernal, Christie’s, London, 5 March – 30 April, lot 3207; Solon, M. L. 1892, The ancient Art of Stoneware of the Low Countries and Germany or ‘Grès de Flandre’ and ‘Steinzeug’, 2 volumes, London, I, fig. 111; and von Falke, O. 1908, Das Rheinische Steinzeug (2 volumes), Berlin (reprint Osnabrück 1997), II, 22, for Venus and Paris medallion (R).
COMP: Von Falke, O. 1908, Das Rheinische Steinzeug (2 volumes), Berlin (reprint Osnabrück 1997), II, pl. 12 for jug with Venus medallion (C); Kohnemann, M. 1982, Auflagen auf Raerener Steinzeug. Ein Bildwerk, Töpfereimuseum, Raeren, 144, for Lucretia medallion (L) and p. 153 for Venus and Paris medallion (R).
The Lucretia and Venus medallions with their Mannerist-style frames are probably based on engravings by Virgil Solis of Nuremberg or those of his pupils (see Ill. B: The Illustrated Bartsch, New York, 1978-(W. Smith, ed. Until 1988; J. T. Spike, ed. From 1988) 92 (103); and O’Dell-Franke, I. 1977, Kupferstiche und Radierungen aus der Werkstatt des Virgil Solis, Wiesbaden, cat. D.28-39 and ex.124 for the circle of Matthias Zündt version of the Lucretia figure).
- On display (G46/dc5)
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BL.3207