Beaked Ewer
18th C.
8" x 8" x 4.5"
Silver, Hand-wrought repoussé silver, 32.15 troy oz. (1kg)
Region: Brazil
The beaked ewer, or jarros de pico in Spanish, was used to serve water at the tables of wealth and important diners. This vessel is similar in type to Castilian Mannerist ewers, such as those from Valladolid, in which the receptacle is cylindrical and adorned with a relief motif set between raised bands and rests on a low, circular base, with a very short neck. Also in the Valladolid tradition, the spout bears the face of a bearded old man with an open mouth inspired by the style of Seville. This piece has two maker marks, one of the crown and one from Portugal.