Baroque Italian ewer with ‘Imari’ pattern, de Ferniani, Faenza, c.1770
Elaborate Italian maiolica ewer, of helmet form with shapely scroll handle and on short stem with spreading foot, the whole painted in ‘Imari’ colours with an oriental garden scene.
Unmarked, attributed to
de Ferniani of Faenza,
ref. Fitzwilliam Museum collection, C.2190-1928 for a dish of the same pattern.
“Conte Annibale II Ferniani’s interest in Oriental porcelain, as well as the need to keep up with fashion, led to the introduction of Oriental patterns at Faenza. The pattern on this dish, known as garofano (carnation) was derived from a late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century Kakiemon pattern featuring a pom-pom chrysanthemum. Known initially as porcellana nuova or giapponese del casotto, it was introduced in 1767.”