Bow guglet with birds & encrusted flowers, circa 1760

$7,800.00 AUD

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.

Circa 1760

 

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.

Condition

losses to flowers, no restoration

Size

25cm high

References

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!

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