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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 underside of foot, black-bordered rectangular label: ON LOAN FROM / A Barker esq. / August 22 1860 (South Kensington Museum loan label)
Alexander Barker , London (by 1860–ca. 1870; sold, with the Barker collection, too Cook); Sir Francis Cook , Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey (ca. 1870–d. 1901; to his son, Wyndham); Wyndham Francis Cook , London (from 1901; to his son, Humphrey) ; Humphrey Wyndham Cook , London (until 1925; his sale, Christie's, London, July 7–10, 1925, no. 82; sold for £346 10s. to Durlacher Brothers); [ Durlacher Brothers , New York, from 1925 ] ; Michael Friedsam , New York (until d. 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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