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Plate or ewer stand with double portraits

Date:
ca. 1500–1510
Culture:
Italian, Deruta
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 1 9/16 x Diam. 12 1/8 in. (4 x 30.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.364
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The motto FIDES O[M]NIA (Faith [or Fidelity] is all things) encircling the double portraits of a man and a woman suggests that the decoration of the plate refers to a marriage or betrothal. The inclusion of the Orsini coats of arms at top and bottom might indicate that both bride and groom were related to that powerful Roman family.
Inscription: In portrait medallions: LORE/FIDES ONIA/CESERA
Michael Friedsam , New York (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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