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Cistern

Maker:
Probably by Orazio Fontana workshop
Date:
ca. 1560
Culture:
Italian, Urbino
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 12 7/8 x 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (32.7 x 59.7 x 59.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.362
Not on view
The battle with elephants depicted in the interior of the basin is probably after a design by Taddeo Zuccaro (1529–1566). Cisterns such as this were used at large feasts or banquets to keep wine cool. The cistern would be filled with cold water and the wine receptables placed inside.
Inscription: on paper label on underside of foot: ON LOAN FROM / A Barker esq. / August 22 1860
Barker ; Sir Francis Cook, Bart. ; Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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