Artist Unknown


  • c. 1647
  • Marbled slipware (earthenware)
  • Italy
  • Gift of R. H. Valentine, 2023
  • 235 x 154 x 115mm
  • 2023/088

This remarkable mid seventeenth-century marbled slipware bottle, or costrel, originates from a pottery production region in Tuscany and likely left Italy containing wine or oil. Also known as a pilgrim flask, it has holes through the moulded satyr masks to hold a rope cord. A near-identical vessel is found in Gerrit Dou’s The Physician (1653).

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

Exhibition History

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