To A Brazilian Private Collector
A TERRACOTTA BOTTLE-SHAPED CARAFE
Bearing the coat of arms and national emblems of the Empire of Brazil
Possibly of English manufacture
11.42 in. (29 cm.) high
Unglazed with painted polychrome relief moulding, bearing the coat of arms of the Empire of Brazil with a coffee branch (to the left) and tobacco branch (to the right) within a diamond-shaped lozenge between relief moulded national emblems of the palm tree, parrot and snake. The neck decorated with a band of coffee branch and berries and a geometric pattern of Amazonian timber trellising to the bottom. Retaining much of its original polychrome and its original and extremely rare lid, decorated with a bean laden coffee branch wreath.
Possibly from the residence of Francisco Inácio de Carvalho Moreira, Baron de Penedo (1815-1906), the Brazilian Empire’s Ambassador in London, at 32 Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia.
Before the emergence of this carafe only a single other example of a similar pattern was known, which was one which we ourselves had sold.
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