Earthenware; cobalt pigment with tin glaze (majolica)
Overall: 7 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in; 19.7 cm x 21 cm
Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
The ornate decoration of this vessel focuses on a galloping armored knight bordered by a pair of haloed eagles perched over open books, perhaps a nod to the Holy Roman Empire. A hidden element created by the potter, but neglected by the painter, is the molded face at the base of the handle. The abbreviation “JULEP. SOL. MAG.” stands for sweet marjoram julep, a drink used to treat coughs, colds, indigestion and to aid in relaxation and sleep.