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Reference: ZE205

Orza. Ceramics. Possibly Italy, 18th century. Jug with a globular body with a small base, a reduced spout at the mouth (narrower than the body, and with a small neck) and a handle formed by a twisted flat element, made of enameled ceramic and decorated with a composition in blue on White background. Around a cartouche with an inscription (“AQa di MALVA”, alluding to a remedy derived from the common mallow, a common plant in Europe that was already mentioned, along with its healing properties, by Pliny the Elder among others), and using 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 early as the 17th 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 “maiolic”), decoration in cobalt blue on white is already found in works of Byzantine inspiration in the Quattrocento, accompanying various influences. In the first third of the 16th century this “porcelain” decoration (since, apparently, it is distantly inspired by Chinese porcelain works that use these colors) continues, with touches of other colors. Compare the present work with the pieces known as “Medici Porcelain”, from the third quarter of the 16th century. The name "berrettina" is enamelled majolica from light blue to dark blue, obtained with cobalt oxide. It was used from the 16th century to the first half of the 17th century, in productions mainly from Liguria and Veneto. Likewise, it is worth pointing out a series of pieces with which this one has a little more relationship: a pharmacy bottle with Saint Paul (made in Savona in the 17th century, today in the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza), or with albarelos preserved in the Hispanic Pharmacy Museum of the Complutense University of Madrid, works from the Italian region of Savona, pieces in private collections, etc.

· Size: 24x30x26 cms.

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