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Ewer

Maker:
Workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)
Date:
ca. 1520–25
Culture:
Italian, Gubbio
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 7 3/4 × 6 7/8 × 5 in. (19.7 × 17.5 × 12.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of V. Everit Macy, in memory of his wife, Edith Carpenter Macy, 1927
Accession Number:
27.97.39
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Against a background of deep blue, the warm ocher-colored ornament consists of monstrous sea creatures, scrolling vines, and musical instruments. A pair of portraits, enclosed within heraldic frames, may indicate that the vessel was intended as a wedding gift. Within the newlyweds’ home, the ewer would have been placed on a sideboard with a shallow basin.
Baron Gustave de Rothschild , Paris (probably by 1865) ; [ Jacques Seligmann and Company , Paris and New York, until 1924; sold for 76,000 francs to Macy ]; V. Everit Macy , New York and Tannersville, NY (1924–27; on loan to MMA during those years)
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