- Museum number
Double-walled bowl; hybrid hard-paste porcelain; outer reticulated wall of flower motifs enclosing inner bowl; rudimentary ram's head handles on top of which are rectangular slots; undecorated except for touches of blue stampino decoration on outside of inner bowl; unmarked.
- Production date
- 1750 (circa)
Diameter: 113 millimetres
Height: 90 millimetres
Width: 155 millimetres
- Curator's comments
This pail or bucket, known as a 'situla' in Latin, was originally suspended from a bronze or metal handle secured by the holes in the horns of the two ram's head-handles. The exterior of the double-walled vessel is relief moulded with flowers.
It may have been used to hold holy wate suspended from a hook on a wall below a devotional painting. If so it was a liturgical object it would have been accompanied by an aspergillim a tool with a brush or spherical head, which was dipped and shaken on a person or object.
However, it has also been suggested that it was used for hand-washing.
A similar bowl was exhibited in Galleria Lukas & Donath, Rome, Nov.-Dec. 1996 see A. d'Agliano, 'Settecento Europeo e Barocco Toscano nelle porcelanne di Carlo Ginori a Doccia', Rome, 1996, no. 49
Another similar bowl in a private collection in Florence is illustrated by A. Mottola Molfino, 'L'Arte della Porcellana in Italia', Busto Arsizio, 1976, no. 405, Collezione R.B. and one with a bronze handle which measured 19.5cm in width was sold at Christie's Geneva, 30 March 1975, lot 30.
The vessel has a Chinese 18th-Century blanc-de-chine prototype, but the ram's head motif is purely original.
Two other reticulated double-walled bowls and a stampino coffee-pot and cover in the British Museum collections are illustrated in Hugh Tait, 'Porcelain', London, revised ed. 1972, pl. 21.
- On display (G46/dc17)
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number