Ribboned handle, cylindrical high neck, pouring spout with hoop. Majolica painted in polychrome: on the neck geometric bands; on the rounded body Christological monogram (IHS) surrounded by withered leaves, amidst wispy decorations. Beneath the handle the initial S. Montelupo Fiorentino, 16th century, secondthird decade.
The pitcher has the elegant ovoid form of the late-15th century tradition, with an encircling decoration, which were very popular in Tuscany throughout the 16th century. The pitcher was probably used by a religious community, in light of the reference to the Christological monogram of St. Bernardino, rendered here in a particular form that seems to be precisely of the painter S, in all likelihood a reference to Sante di Francesco Carini, called il Rosso, who worked in Montelupo in the first decades of the 16th century.
Aboca Museum certified that this majolica pitcher was created by the Great Master Artisans of Montelupo Fiorentino in a limited number, and is a faithful copy of the original held by the Aboca Museum both in shape and decoration. The copy number and the signature of the Master decorator are indicated on the bottom. Edition limited to 99 copies.
Careful preservation will keep this work in tact and increase its value over time.
Images that have been used are of the original held by the Aboca Museum.