The first identifiable porcelain produced in Europe was made in the Medici court workshops in Florence in the late sixteenth century. Under the patronage of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, experiments began around 1574 to make porcelain in imitation of Chinese blue and white wares, which were highly prized in Europe. While Chinese and Ottoman ceramics influenced the decoration of Medici porcelain, many of the forms produced in the ducal workshop were indebted to contemporary hard-stone vessels or goldsmith's work, as in the case of this ewer. Approximately sixty of pieces of Medici porcelain are known to have survived.
[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2011]
Marking: On base, in underglaze blue: Dome of Cathedral of Florence with "F" below
Sir William R. Drake (by 1873) ; John Edward Taylor , London (until 1912; Taylor sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, July 2, 1912, lot 136; sold to Durlacher); [ Durlacher Inc. , London (from 1912) ] ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1913) ; J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (by descent, 1913–17; to MMA)