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Ewer

<p>Ewer, late seventeenth century-first third of the eighteenth century, Barcelona, enamelled chinaware</p>

Ewer, late seventeenth century-first third of the eighteenth century, Barcelona, enamelled chinaware

This ewer or water pitcher was made in Barcelona in the late seventeenth century or early eighteenth century.

Ewers were used to keep water cold or hot, in washing dishes and for washing hands before and after meals. They were always accompanied by wash basins, so that they can be considered to be the precursors of modern-style sinks.

This piece is unique. The botanical decorative motifs are set out in overlaid bands, with special mention to the neck of the recipient, with large tulips and chrysanthemums in negative. On the rest of the piece there are trees and branches with an Oriental influence laid out asymmetrically, the setting for a landscape of hunters and musicians.

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