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Reference: ZE205

Orza. Ceramics. Possibly Italy, eighteenth century.
Jug of globular body with a small base, a reduced peak in the mouth (narrower than the body, and with a small neck) and a handle formed by a flat twisted element, made of enameled ceramic and decorated with a composition in blue on White background. Around a plaque with inscription ("AQa di MALVA", referring to a remedy derived from the common mallow, common plant in Europe that was already mentioned, along with its healing properties, by Plinio the Elder among others), and employing several shades of blue, an important variety of plant elements and flowers have been arranged, accompanied by a bird perched on the cartouche.
The decoration of ceramics in blue tones on a white background was common in Europe as far back as the seventeenth century (Dutch and English pieces, works in Talavera de la Reina in Spain, etc.). In the Italian case and in ceramics (with this origin, usually called "maiólica"), it is already decorated in cobalt blue on white in works of Byzantine inspiration in the Quattrocento, accompanying varied influences. In the first third of the sixteenth century this decoration "porcelain" (since, apparently, is inspired distantly in Chinese porcelain works that use these colors) continues, with touches of other colors. Compare the present work with the pieces known as "Porcelana de los Médici", from the third quarter of the 16th century. It is called "berrettina" to the glazed majolica from light blue to dark blue, obtained with cobalt oxide. It was used from the sixteenth century to the first half of the seventeenth, in productions mainly of Liguria and Veneto. Likewise, it is worth mentioning a series of pieces with which this one has something more related: pharmacy bottle with San Pablo (made in Savona in the 17th century, now in the International Ceramics Museum of Faenza), or with preserved almonds the Museum of the Hispanic Pharmacy of the Complutense University of Madrid, works of the Italian region of Savona, pieces in private collections, etc."

· Size: 24x30x26 cms.

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