Ewer

  • Unidentified, Ewer, 1500-1600, ceramic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.480.2

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Italian majolica ceramic ware was popular in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Its name derives from the Spanish island of Majorca, a large trading center for vessels sailing the Mediterranean. The art of majolica was first brought to the Western world by Islamic potters in the twelfth century. Craftsmen in Italy could not replicate the lustrous finish used by the Spanish artists, so instead they concentrated on the detail of the painting and the clarity of the colors.

Title
Ewer
Artist
Date
1500-1600
On View
Dimensions
height: 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums Description
ceramic
Classifications
Keywords
  • Fantasy
  • Landscape – coast
  • Landscape – imaginary
Object Number
1929.8.480.2
Palette
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