• Twenty rooms: The private coll auction at Christies

    Sale 2857

    Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes

    27 - 29 April 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 448

    A DUTCH PEWTER JUG, PIJPKAN

    LEIDEN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH PEWTER JUG, PIJPKAN
    LEIDEN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
    The circular lid marked with crossed keys and the letter P, attached with a single hinge and double acorn thumbrest to the loop handle, The ovoid body with a single spout to one side set into a stylised wolf's head
    11.9 cm. high


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    This peculiar little jug, called pijpkan or schapenkan, traditionally has had different attributions pertaining to its use: such as to feed lambs, or to feed babies. B. Dubbe however maintains that both ideas are unlikely as the spout is much to small to pass baby food through and a use to feed lambs seems impractical. Dubbe believes that these small jugs were used to drink liquor. The stylised wolf's head from which the spout issues is an extremely rare feature.

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