Bow guglet with birds & encrusted flowers, circa 1760
Extravagant Bow guglet (water vessel) of elegant bottle form, with tall flared lip, well painted to both sides with a large group of exotic birds amongst foliage, within well modelled encrusted flower garlands that twist down from the flowerhead moulded lip.
ref. Gabszewicz ‘Freeman Collection’ pl. VI for an example in the Freeman Collection. They are the same ‘guglet’ shape, so intended to hold the water for a washstand – but are also encrusted in elaborate flowers, making it impossible to use sensibly!
It is probable that the utilitarian guglet form has been enhanced & re-purposed as a decorative vase in the case of these very rare and spectacular examples of Bow’s Rococo products.
losses to flowers, no restoration
This vessel is basically a Guglet water vessel, to be used for washing hands along with a bowl; however the encrusted trails of flowers make this an impossible prospect, rendering the function obsolete!