Rosewater ewer

Maker:
Possibly by Johann Erhard Heiglen (German, before 1687–1757)
Date:
ca. 1730
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Height: 13 3/8 in. (34 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.1.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
This ewer was undoubtedly made with a matching basin, now lost, and would have stood on a buffet in a dining room. Until forks became common after the seventeenth century, diners used ewers and basins to wash their hands. This ewer is an interpretation of a French style that evolved during the reign of Louis XIV (1643–1715) under the influence of his court designer Jean Berain (1640–1711), but the three bands of strapwork may have been designed by Heuglin.
[ Stiebel Ltd. , sold to Wrightsman] ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1977; to MMA)