A fabulous and unusual 'beaked' ewer, made by Zsolnay in Pécs, Hungary in approximately the 1880s to 1890s. It is made of earthenware and is model number 1009. It is beautifully hand decorated with a pattern reminiscent of Islamic designs. The elongated neck is painted with very unusual little brown lizards. In addition to the handpainting, there is applied decoration round the neck, with raised pink balls and brown scrolls terminating in yellow balls. Round the foot are two rows of raised beading. It really is an extraordinary piece and is very decorative. The base bears the impressed Zsolnay backstamp along with the model number.
The ewer is in good overall condition but there is a little crazing to the glaze with minor discolouring in places. There are two small firing chips to the foot-rim, both of which are glazed over so happened during manufacture.