Tall, colorful majolica ewer on square base of mottled green color, decorated with foliage, the foot in shades of green with foliage, fluting and beading, the yellow body has a green band of acanthus leaves in the middle and a pattern of green acanthus leaves projecting from the foot towards the middle. Atop the body, behind the spout sits Triton, half man, half fish, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, who rides a sea monster, whose head is mounted on the front of the ewer and from which projects sea weed, the handle of the ewer is brown and also made to look like organic material, the inside of the spout is green

Ewer

Wedgwood, After a design by John Flaxman, Jr.

April 1863

A ewer is a kind of pitcher, often decorated, with a base, oval body, and flaring spout. Pitchers are containers with a spout for pouring their contents. It is said that the term came into use because long spouted containers were used to pour hot pitch needed to caulk the seams between planks in sailing vessels. A famous example of a ewer today is the America’s Cup trophy.