A Large French Medieval Green-Glazed Jug

A Large French Medieval Green-Glazed Jug

1250 – 1330

The globular body below a cylindrical neck with slightly everted rim and short handle. The body applied with alternating s-shaped and vertical strips with rouletted patterns.

The lack of degradation of the glaze suggests that this has survived above ground rather than having been excavated.

A number of other closely related, but usually smaller, examples are recorded in similar states of preservation. A smaller green-glazed jug from the same workshop in the Louvre is attributed to Paris and is dated to the second half of the 13th century. Another in The Metropolitan Museum, NY, is also said to be from Paris and is dated to the late 1200s or early 1300s.

A third similar example was discovered in the foundations of a house in the rue de Pontoise, Paris, in 1861, and is now in the Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres (illustrated in Cahiers de la Céramiques et des Arts du Feu no. 53, Henry Pierre Fourest, ‘Potteries Vernissées Françaises – Contemporaraines de celles du Beauvaisis’, p.60 no. 3.). They date this to 1250-1330 and tentatively attribute it to Beauvais.

Condition – A section of one side, broken into numerous fragments, restuck with small losses.

Provenance – Collection of Émile Chami (1910-1992), sold in Beaussant Lefèvre 9 December 2015, lot 19

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