Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Painted Toleware Monteith, France, c. 1820

French Toleware Montieth

a painted toleware monteith; the traditional use of such a bowl was first recorded in 1683 by Englishman Anthony á Wood, referring to “a bason notched at the brims to let drinking glasses hang there by the foot so that the body or drinking place might stand in the water to cool them”; apparently named after a Scotsman, “Monsieur Monteigh”, known for his cloak’s serrated hemline (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 1961, Jessie McNab); the French version, or “seau crénelé” (crenulated bucket), became very popular during the early 19th Century; a very similar example (one of a pair), almost certainly by the same hand, but with griffins instead of winged lions, is in the collection of Homewood Museum in Baltimore; the original paint decoration remains untouched with no in-painting; surface oxidation losses throughout, especially to the interior bottom; there is a small amount of tape residue near the rim, probably from being used as a flower arrangement base; one handle is separated just above its’ right rivet but remains well in place due to tension; dimensions: 4 3/8″ height x 12 1/2″ length x 8 1/8″ width





Cheers! The Culture of Drink in Early Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, photo by Carl Schnepple (collection of Homewood Museum)

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