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Water Lily Bottle

Date : 1647

This bottle is a pharmacy vase designed to hold the water of water lily flowers, known for its astringent properties. The name of its contents, A. [acqua] Nenuphar (Water Lily), has been painted across the widest part of the vase, framed by a design of myrtle branches and angels’ heads. The mark on the base ‘faict a Rouen/1647’ (made in Rouen/1647) place this piece among the first produced by Edmé Poterat’s manufacture, at a period when the influence of potteries in Italy and Nevers was especially prevalent. The decoration, described as ‘a compendiario’ (meaning ‘summary’) is limited to a restrained motif and the use of two colours, blue and yellow, on white glazed background.