Cruet for Oil and Vinegar
Made by Medici Factory, Italy, Italian
Overall: 17.1 x 14 x 8.9 cm (6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Soft-paste porcelain, underglaze blue decoration
Kunstkammer Gallery (Gallery 143)
This cruet for oil and vinegar is one of only about sixty surviving pieces produced at the Medici porcelain workshop between 1575 and 1587. Established by Grand Duke Francesco I de' Medici, the workshop was the first in Europe to imitate successfully the coveted porcelains imported from China.