Gourd

Earthenware gourd shaped vessel with a scene of nude figures, a faun and a large black bird

Gourd
Nevers, ca. 1640
Attributed to the workshop of Antoine Conrade
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
H. 17 1/2 in. (44.3 cm), W. 11 in. (28 cm)
Cat. 9
© Beylard, Ferrier and Lewandowski

 

This gourd demonstrates the lasting influence of Italian models on the Nevers production, as well as the popularity in France of ceramics made in Italy seventy years earlier. It is decorated with a colorful istoriato representing Jupiter transformed into a satyr and approaching Antiope (on the front) and two satyrs (on the back). Its distinctive shape with two handles in the form of grotesque heads also followed Renaissance Italian maiolica produced in Urbino about 1560.