Footed, globular bottle-form ceramic jar decorated with a blue floral bouquet, with scroll decoration flanking a trellised panel; inscribed in blue below the bouquet "A[backwards P, indicating the letter Q]: ROS: RVBR.."
This bottle is one of a pair likely painted by Saverio Grue (1731-1799) or Gesualdo Fuina (1755-1822), master ceramicists from Castelli d'Abruzzo in southern Italy. This beautifully painted bouquet of irises and other flowers is a testament to the painter’s virtuosity. In contrast, the applied foot shows another artist’s hand, revealing a collaborative creative process. From the form and the abbreviations for Aqua Rosa Rubra we know the vessel contained rose water, an ingredient in a variety of products ranging from cosmetics and perfume, to drinks and cooking.
pottery; containers; medicine
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