D1897. Blue and White Large Tobacco Jar with Brass Cover
Delft, circa 1795
Painted on the from of the ovoid body with two Indian chieftains smoking a pipe standing next to a covered tobacco jar on a pedestal, flanking a cartouche enclosed within foliate scrolls and patterned panels, surmounted by a shell ornament with flowers and leaves, and inscribed STRAASBURG, and a hammered brass cover.
Height: 34 cm. (13.4 in.); overall 43 cm. (16.9 in.)
The large tobacco jar is painted with two Indian chieftains smoking a pipe standing next to a covered tobacco jar on a pedestal. They are flanking a cartouche inscribed STRAASBURG. These inscriptions refer often to the type of tobacco, the place where the tobacco was made, or to the port where the tobacco was traded. Strasbourg was prosperous city, which was due to both the fertile land in its surroundings and its strategic location on trade routes. The history of the city and its port are closely linked. In Strasbourg, ships loaded grain and wine and from the seventeenth century onwards, tobacco from Alsace to transport this merchandise elsewhere via the rivers Ill and Rhine.
- Minor rim fritting and chips to body