Description The late 18th-century interest in classical antiquity gave birth to the Empire style, which was named after the empire of Napoleon I of France (r. 1804-1814). The style remained in fashion in Europe and America until the 1840s. Its decorative motifs and forms were derived from antiquity, especially from the early Roman Empire. The pitcher is in the shape of an ancient Greek "oinochoe," or wine ewer. Empire decorative arts tended to appear sumptuous, as demonstrated by these lavishly gilded porcelains.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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