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Tinned copper with later gilding

Origin: North Italy

Date: Mid 16th century

32.5 cm height

Provenance: Vittorio Emanuele, Marchese d'Azeglio

Presented by C.D.E. Fortnum, 1888; WA1888.CDEF.B1044

T. Schroder (2009), no. 593

Tinned copper vessels were made as inexpensive substitutes for display silver. The process was very cheap and was done by dipping the finished copper vessel into molten tin. This ewer conforms to standard Renaissance design in Italy and northern Europe, with its division of the ovoid-shaped body into three horizontal bands.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)