Ewer

The ewer is complete. It is circular in shape. In cross-section, the rim is flared at the top, with long corrugations that continue to the front to form a wide, elongated spout. In its rear portion, the rim is straight but its top slopes towards the handle, which is linked to the center of its top. The wall is straight and cylindrical, while its lower portion curves towards the bottom; it rests on a knob, which joins with a conical pedestal. The handle is vertical and massive, oval in cross-section and curved in a semicircular arc, the ends of which are folded in on themselves at the opposite end. Its upper section is connected to the rim by a horizontal segment, while its lower end rests on the wall before flaring outwards. There is a blue-painted mark under the foot: MD; the decoration is molded and hand-painted in polychrome of blue and black underglaze and red overglaze. The molded decoration affects the handle, which has been molded separately, the spout, the wall and its junction with the foot. Painted decoration is visible on the outer rim, wall and foot, as well as on the handle. The outer rim is swollen; the straight portion of the wall has two parallel horizontal swellings at the ends, while the lower portion has vertical swellings, and the wall is joined to the foot by a flat knob. The vertical handle is arched, with the ends folded in on themselves at the opposite end. The pouring spout is molded into a loosely defined mascaron. The swollen portion of the outer rim is decorated, on opposite sides, with a chain motif of long, twisted links, traced in black and painted blue. The human features of the spout’s mascaron are drawn in black with blue highlights in the beard, and its headdress is made of a blue-painted headband adorned with red spikes, from which long alternating blue and white bands emerge, all drawn in black. The mascaron is flanked by stylized acanthus leaves painted blue and trimmed with red pearls; similar, less elaborate motifs are found below the rim, on either side of the top of the handle. The two bulges bordering the wall are painted blue. The upper portion is decorated with two alternating motifs: a sort of poly-lobed lambrequin with two scrolls and a half-flower in reserve, the latter adorned with red radiating lines, while the other motif is narrower and adorned only with a similar half-flower and a leafy stem. The lower decoration is a row of triangles painted in blue and half-flowers drawn in black and adorned with red lines, all alternating. The decoration on the lower part of the wall is a wide band drawn in black and painted blue, with alternating reserve motifs. One is a vertical strip with a domed or polylobed top, while the other features a flower in reserve at the top, decorated with red lines, and a narrower strip painted red in the center. The knob features three superimposed blue lines. The foot is adorned with a row of mantling identical to that on the wall, and its perimeter features a broad blue-painted line. The face of the handle is adorned with three red flowers, its top is decorated with superimposed blue lines, while its lower end is adorned with blue pearls. The sides are adorned with a broad line trimmed with small lines near the top.

  • Accession Number 2018.10.591
  • Date 1891 c
  • Materials ceramics, fine earthenware
  • Measurements 22,7 x 12,8 x 10,7 cm
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  • Accession Number 2018.10.591
  • Date 1891 c
  • Materials ceramics, fine earthenware
  • Measurements 22,7 x 12,8 x 10,7 cm
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© Collection Pointe-à-Callière, Paul-Gaston L'Anglais fonds,2018.010.0591
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