Maker Medici Manufactory, Italian, active 1575 - 1587
  • Ewer (brocca)
Date between 1575 and 1578
Medium soft paste porcelain with blue underglaze and manganese decoration
Dimensions Overall: 14 1/2 inches × 9 inches (36.8 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund, New Endowment Fund, Henry Ford II Fund, Benson and Edith Ford Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Fund, Josephine and Ernest Kanzler Fund; gifts from Mrs. Horace E. Dodge, Mrs. Russell A. Alger, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, Robert H. Tannahill, Julie E. Peck, Ralph Harman Booth, Mrs. Alvin Macauley, Sr., Albert Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. Trent McMath, K.T. Keller, Mrs. Edsel B. Ford, Arnold Seligman, William Buck and Mary Chase Stratton, Mrs. Sydney D. Waldon, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Scripps, Ernest and Josephine Kanzler, Dr. and Mrs. Reginald Harnett, Elizabeth Parke Firestone, and City of Detroit by exchange
Accession Number 2000.85
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W231, Level 2 (see map)
Made for Franceso I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and his wife, Johanna of Austria, between 1575 and 1578;
by descent, Gian Gastone de' Medici (died 1737), the last Grand Duke of Tuscany, in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence;
included in the auction on 1772 of European and Asian ceramics from the Medici collection held at the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence;
Baron Gustave de Rothschild, Paris (1829-1911), by 1859;
by descent, Baron Robert de Rothschild, (1880-1946) Paris;
by descent, Baron Elie de Rothschild (born 1917), Paris;
acquired from the Rothschild family through Adrian Sassoon (dealer), London.
Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Florence. Guardaroba Medicea, 1301 bis, fol. 175r, dated 1691.

Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Florence. Guardaroba Medicea, 1326, fol. 376r, dated 1721.

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Darr, A. "Francesco I de' Medici, Bernardo Buontalenti and a Medici Porcelain Ewer in Detroit." In Arte Collezionismo Convervazione: Scritti In Onore Di Marco Chiarini. Florence, 2004, pp. 219-224.

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Bulletin of the DIA 87, no. 1/4 (2013): cat. no. 37.