National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Flask Medici Porcelain Factory (artist)
Italian, 1574 - 1620
Flask, c. 1575/1587, or slightly later
imitation porcelain (a version of soft-paste porcelain)
overall (height to rim): 12.7 cm (5 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.354
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From the Tour: Italian Cabinet Galleries
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Conservation Notes

The flask is of imitation porcelain, of a type usually classified as soft paste, which is somewhat translucent and looks pinkish when light is shone through it. The flask is covered inside and out, except beneath the foot ring, with a transparent glaze of slightly "orange-peel" texture with numerous small bubbles in it. There is more severe bubbling within and around the foot ring and around the neck. The painting is in underglaze blue, with the design drawn in purplish blue black. There is some cracking of the glaze and some abrasion, with minor repairs, at the end of the spout.[1]


[1] Professor David Kingery and Dr. Pamela Vandiver stated on examining this flask that it was thrown on the wheel, unlike most pieces, which they say are mold made.

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