This charming Renaissance style aiguiere with tinted glass comes from France toward the last quarter of the 19th century.
An aiguiere is a decorative ewer that has a handle and a spout. Aiguieres were used throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Sometimes they would hold the water to be used in hand washing before and after meals. They were also used to serve water for drinking. Aiguieres during the Renaissance were made in many types of decorated materials, including faience, porcelain, silver, gold, crystal and bronze.
The body of our aiguiere is hand-blown glass tinted with an olive color. The ellipsoid-shaped glass is encased inside a finely detailed metal housing that is decorated with haloed putti, C-scrolls, and cartouches surrounded by shells, beading and ribbon motifs. The glass extends up into the neck of the metal surround that is adorned with twisted ribbons. The spout above the neck is embellished with the head of a ram and foliate motifs. An armless putto tops the stopper that sits inside the spout. The handle of the aiguiere is a sinuous element adorned with spiral fluting, beading and egg and dart pattern. It is attached at the back of the spout and to one of the cartouches that envelops the glass. The circular base has a repeating foliate theme all the way around.
In the 18th century, the decanter became a popular replacement for aiguieres, so while our aiguiere can still function as originally intended, it has become more of a decorative item.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor rubs and fleabites.