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Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, plate

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, jug

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, jug, back side

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, jug, front side

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, plate, detail

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, plate, detail with the monogram of the provost

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin, plate, detail



Name of Object:

Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin

Also known as:

Jug and Lavabo

Location:

Governor’s Palace, Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic

Holding Museum:

Moravian Gallery, Brno

About Moravian Gallery, Brno , Governor’s Palace, Brno

Date of Object:

1732

Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):

Josef František Rossmayer

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silver (wrought, damascened and gilded)

Dimensions:

jug h: 22.4 cm, oval flap 9.9 cm x 8.1 cm; bowl 51 cm x 39 cm

Provenance:

Premonstratensian Abbey, Nová Říše

Description:

This oval basin, incised on its perimeter, is decorated with a strip of wrought ornamentation with festoons, grids, roses and a pair of putti heads. Its perimeter features a half-figure of St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of the person who commissioned the work. Opposite is a wrought oval label with a winged column representing the emblem of the Nová Říše Abbey, and engraved initials of the person who commissioned the piece, N.A /W./P.N./C.G. (Nobilis Abbas [Johannes Nepomucenus] Wyminko, Praepositus Neureuschensis /C.G.). Provost Jan Nepomuk Wyminko/Vejminko (c. 1683–1755) graduated from Hradisko, near Olomouc. He was provost of the Premonstratensian Abbey in Nová Říše from 1725 to 1732; in 1733 he was appointed the monastery's first abbot.
The jug and basin are part of a luxurious set that included ceremonial cruets and a chalice (not preserved). The works, both in their shape and decoration, are derived from Augsburg models (for example, those created by masters of the Biller and Drentwett families). The jug serves for purification at the mass: the priest uses it to wash his hands before taking the blood and body of the Lord. Any spilt water is caught in the basin.
Josef František Rossmayer probably took his apprenticeship in Prague and after journeyman's service abroad was appointed master in Olomouc in 1730. He made, among other things, candlesticks “in the Augsburg manner” for the main altar of the Sv. Kopeček Church, near Olomouc, a chalice with enamel figures of Christ's relatives for Brno cathedral and bindings for missals for the cathedral in Olomouc, in which he combined Augsburg and French models known from prints.

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The jug and basin are part of a luxurious set that included ceremonial cruets and a chalice. The pieces, from an Olomouc workshop, are derived from Augsburg models both in shape and decoration (compare, for example, those created by masters of the Biller and Drentwett families).

Original Owner:

Premonstratensian Abbey, Nová Říše

How date and origin were established:

The objects feature four hallmarks, on the jug flap 1: an eagle in a circular label – Olomouc; 2: a partially blurred monogram FR in a cartouche – master's mark of Fr. Rossmayer; 3: partially blurred year in a label: 1732(?); on the bowl edge: 1-3.; 4: re-hallmarked: 12.F in a rectangular label; re-hallmarked Brno from 1806–1809; engraved initials N.A /W./P.N./C.G.

How Object was obtained:

The set remains at and originated from the Premonstratensian Abbey, Nová Říše.

Selected bibliography:

Miloš Stehlík, in Ivo Krsek – Zdeněk Kudělka (ed) – Miloš Stehlík – Josef Válka, Umění baroka na Moravě a ve Slezsku, Prague, 1996, p. 600, cat. 301.
Dana Stehlíková, in Jiří Kroupa (ed), Dans le miroir des ombers. La Moravie a la age baroque 1760–1790, Brno–Paris–Rennes, 2002, pp. 266–267, cat. 105.
Dana Stehlíková, Encyklopedie českého zlatnictví, stříbrnictví a klenotnictví, Prague, 2003.

Citation of this web page:

Zora Wörgötter "Pontifical Ceremonial Jug and Basin" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;BAR;cz;Mus11;17;en

Prepared by: Zora WörgötterZora Wörgötter

SURNAME: Wörgötter
NAME: Zora

AFFILIATION: Moravian Gallery in Brno

TITLE: Museum Curator and Local Co-ordinator

CV:
Zora Wörgötter studied Applied Painting at the Secondary School of Applied Arts, Video Art (Faculty of Fine Arts) at the University of Technology in Brno and Art History and Ethnology (Faculty of Arts) at Masaryk University, Brno. She has worked at the Moravian Gallery since 1997 and was curator of the Ancient Art Collection up until 2008. Specialising in Dutch and Central European painting of the 17th and 18th centuries, she has participated in the preparation of several exhibitions, catalogues and research projects in the Czech Republic and abroad, and published in the Moravian Gallery Bulletin, Opuscula historiae artium, and other journals. She is co-ordinator of the Art History Database www.ahice.net for the Czech Republic.

Copyedited by: Jiří KroupaJiří Kroupa

SURNAME: Kroupa
NAME: Jiří

AFFILIATION: Department of the History of Art (Faculty of Arts) Masaryk
University, Brno

TITLE: Professor

CV:
Professor Jiří Kroupa studied Art History, History and Sociology Masaryk University, Brno. He was a curator at the Kroměříž Museum and the Moravian Gallery in Brno before joining the staff at Masaryk University in 1988 (Head of the Department 1992–2002; Professor 1999 to present). His particular fields of interest are in the history of architecture, 18th-century cultural history and the methodology of art history. His long list of publications includes an edition on the architect Franz Anton Grimm and an essay “The alchemy of happiness: the Enlightenment in the Moravian context”. He was contributing editor for the volume Dans le miroir des ombres. Moravie a la age baroque. 1670–1790 (2002).

Translation by: Irma Charvátová
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: CZ 18

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