Worthy of any major institutional or museum collection, this late Renaissance period silver 'Jarro de Pico', circa 1600 - 1650, is every bit as beautiful as it is important.
Although sometimes used for religious purposes these ornately detailed ewers, commonly known as 'Jarro de Pico', were intended for hand washing at the tables of the wealthy. There are two main design features to help identify geographical origination -- Castilian jars carry a handle in the shape of a numeral seven with a thumb scroll at the bottom, while the handle of the Sevillian counterpart will resemble the numeral five. The principle design features of the jarro offered here follow the characteristics of Castilian models.
Raised on a chased and stippled footed ring base, the austere cylindrical body is buttressed by four reinforced moldings. Graceful hand chased interlocking scrolls terminate into the principle design feature, a powerful modeled figurehead spout reminiscent of the grotesque designs once popular in Renaissance Italy.
Castille, Spain. Circa 1600 - 1650.
Dimensions: Measures 8.25 inches high to top of handle. Weight: 24 troy oz. (748 grams)
Reference 'Marcas de Plateria Hispano America' by Cristina Esteras Martin for similar examples.
Please note: other accessories are shown for scale only.
Condition: surface scratches, abrasions, minor dings.
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