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Wine cooler with A Pageant Battle with Elephants

Workshop of the Fontana family (Italian, active ca. 1553–80)
ca. 1562–75
Italian, Urbino
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 12 7/8 × 23 1/2 × 23 1/2 in. (32.7 × 59.7 × 59.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Coolers were set near the table on a credenza or sideboard, visible to diners and within easy reach of servants. They are designed to be viewed from any side, but especially from above when empty. When not in use, coolers remained in place to convey the owner’s refined taste and, due to the relatively inexpensive medium, personal modesty.
Inscription: On paper label on underside of foot: ON LOAN FROM / A Barker esq. / August 22 1860
Barker (in 1860) ; Sir Francis Cook, Bart. ; Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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