Sabtu, 03 September 2011

Antiquarian Tableware

table stand design: satyr atop turtle atop eagle-clawed base

bizarre jug design; man bent in half (upside down) with liquid plate between legs

dolphin-based stand with mythical Greek metal smith, Hephaestus, (and his tools) on the top

design for ornate oil lamp or jug, festooned with putti

oil lamp or vessel design, with horse and rider ornament top

cow-head vessel with head of distressed man - as jug handle - straddling cow head

engraved design of oil lamp or candleholder with birds head and a grotesque

oil vessel shaped from quadruped's body and human head

design for oil or wine jug made up of up-turned satyr's head, with horns; spout in beard

wine jug design - caped man with giant penis-esque pouring spout

ornate wine goblet or food container shaped from animals, real and mythical

'De Lucernis Antiquorum Reconditis Libb. Sex: In Quibus Earum Recens Inventarum adhuc ardentium observationes multæ primum afferuntur: Aliorum opiniones omnes de ipsarum attributis dein expenduntur: Earum causæ, proprietates, differenti, æque singulæ deinceps ex rei natura deteguntur: Pluresque dubitationes e traditiis emergentes demum eluuniur. Explicatis diligenter abditissimis Quæstionibus De Ignium causis, origine, vaietate, duratione, motu, & extinctu: De Antiperistasi, Fumo, Cinere, Lentore, Mistis incombustibilibus, Brutorum Funeribus, & aliis Naturæ Arcanis. Declaratisque plurimis Antiquitatis ritibus Lychnos supra centum effigiantibus: Cum Indicibus locupletissimis. Autore Fortunio Liceto Genuense Ex L. Com. Phil. Medico in Academia Patau. Theorico supremo' 1653, was recently uploaded by the University of Heidelberg (click anything below 'Inhalt' and then 'Vorschau' for thumbnail page images) {see}

My Latin being next to non-existent (except when I pretend it isn't), I'm only vaguely of the belief that the Liceti designs of Greek and Roman houseware items, from the antiquities, come from actual objects. They may well have been sketched after paintings or chiselled designs found in ruins. Such is the depth of my comprehension at this late hour. And pay little notice to the image titles on mouseover: it's mostly snipped text from the same page, rather than being pertinent.

None of that, of course, diminishes one's capacity to marvel at the twisted imaginations of the designers bringing delightful satyrs and grotesques to the domestic table.

The author, Fortunio Liceti (1577–1657) is best known for his works on malformed embryos, particuarly 'De Monstruorum Natura', which has never really been my thing.

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