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Reference: CSW155

Stoneware Bellarmine Jug

Origin: Frechen, Germany

Date: late 17th century


Large Frechen salt-glazed stoneware jug, the neck decorated with face of a bearded man, the letter Z has been punched into the surface below.


Size: Height: 34.5 cm

Condition: Handle missing, short firing crack with chips to rear surface.


Price:
£165.00

 

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Notes:
Cf. Museum of London, A11895 (much smaller at 20 cm).


Comments:
These Frechen jugs were exported in large numbers and are commonly found in Britain. This is an example of the 'Bartmann' or 'Bellarmine' jugs and bottles. These are stamped with the face of a bearded man, thought to represent a 'Wild Man' found in popular European myths of the period. The name 'Bellarmine' is thought to be associated with Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino (1542-1621), an opponent of Protestantism.

On the earliest examples of these jugs the faces were well executed but they became cruder during the 17th century.



Provenance:
Found in Sussex


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