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A GERMAN FAYENCE PEWTER-MOUNTED JUG (ENGHALSKRUG)
A GERMAN FAYENCE PEWTER-MOUNTED JUG (ENGHALSKRUG)

CIRCA 1690, PROBABLY FRANKFURT, GREEN F MARK

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A GERMAN FAYENCE PEWTER-MOUNTED JUG (ENGHALSKRUG) CIRCA 1690, PROBABLY FRANKFURT, GREEN F MARK The double ropetwist handle with spiral terminals, painted with Samson slaying the lion flanked by palatial domed buildings in a continuous river landscape (hairline cracks to base, foot and lower body, minor glaze flaking) 11 ¾ in. (29.8 cm.) high

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The print source for the depiction of Samson killing the lion (Book of Judges 14:6) is probably the engraving by Philips Galle (Antwerp, 1537-1612), after Maerten van Heemskerck (1498-1574), from the series entitled 'The Story of Samson'. An example of the print and others from the series is in the British Museum, London, no. 1949,0709.59.

A jug of the same form, attributed to Frankfurt, and painted with the same subject, possibly by the same hand, is illustrated by Helmut Bosch, Deutsche Fayencekrüge des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Mainz am Rhein, 1983, p. 120, no. J47.

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