Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Bellarmine Pitcher, probably Frechen, Germany, 16th or 17th century

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 256

Price Realized: $977.50

($850 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Bellarmine Pitcher, probably Frechen, Germany, 16th or 17th century, highly-ovoid pitcher with applied handle and tall narrow collar accented with tooled banding, the front decorated with a handle-modeled and applied face of a bearded man. Face includes depressed eyes and mouth and incised detail to mustache and beard. Surface covered in a reddish-brown lead-and-manganese glaze. The fact that this Bellarmine pitcher is composed of redware, and not the typical salt-glazed stoneware, makes it exceptionally rare and desirable. The use of a hand-modeled face, as opposed to the more-common molded Bartman, is also unusual. An important example of European utilitarian pottery. Provenance: Salvaged from a sunken ship. Heavy chipping to base. Tiny to small-sized chips to spout and rim, with some painted darkening to a few of the rim chips. A 3/4" shallow glaze flake to body. Other minor wear to body. Some calcium deposits from its time underwater. H 6 1/4".


Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Bellarmine Pitcher, probably Frechen, Germany, 16th or 17th centuryExtremely Rare Glazed Redware Bellarmine Pitcher, probably Frechen, Germany, 16th or 17th centuryExtremely Rare Glazed Redware Bellarmine Pitcher, probably Frechen, Germany, 16th or 17th century

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