Red earthenware – White tin enamel – Coat of arms in relief Signed – 17th century
« Pair of large ewer Nevers XVII ° s called ‘nun style’ decorated with pastoral scenes
Exceptional and large pair of ewers on a pedestal in earthenware from Nevers around 1660 called « nun style » because of the flanged neck taking the shape of the headdress of nuns of that time. This form is also directly borrowed from models of silverware from the early Louis XIV period and from Italian majolica.
The finely twisted handle and the collar with its hectic edge and reliefs give great elegance and lightness to these large ceremonial pieces.
Large fire decoration in shades of blue – the drawing is discreetly delimited by fine manganese lines, on a bluish background – linked to a high content of tin in the composition of the enamel, of two scenes called « Pastoral or allegory seasons »
The pastoral genre or the pastoral is a genre of literature that depicts rural life and mores. This romantic, dramatic and poetic genre is illustrated by aristocratic works that depict the loves of fantasy shepherds in an idyllic nature. The pastoral finds its origin in Antiquity, with authors such as Virgil the Bucolic), but it knows an important vogue especially from the Renaissance.
-Vendange or allegory of autumn with the bunch of grapes
– Goat milking or allegory of spring (because milking goats or the period of lactation is in spring)
The two parts of the “pastoral” decoration are separated by an important central coat of arms in relief surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves. The latter bears a coat of arms quartered in three. On the first, on the background of the mouth, a large bird with outstretched wings; second on a silver background a lion; on the third on an azure background two lilies.
The relatively large size of these ewers combined with the very precise design of its delicate decoration make these pieces a truly exceptional model, which one could almost prefer to the pieces kept to this day in the largest specialized museums (in particular, the National Museum de la Céramique de Sèvres and the Adrien Dubouché National Ceramics Museum in Limoges)
Decorator’s mark « J.V. / 3 » under glaze under the heel of the ewer.
Very good state of conservation, without fel, breakage or restoration. To report only a very small égrenure on the edge of the pedestal of an ewer. Very beautiful enamel and shiny ceramic coating, without wear.
H 34 cm