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Double-spouted pitcher with arms of the Antinori family

Date:
ca. 1505–15
Culture:
Italian, Montelupo
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 12 7/8 × 9 × 9 in. (32.7 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.276
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often in a pharmacy or shop. Their handles therefore tend to fit within the vessel’s profile, and the cylindrical albarello type is generally narrower at the middle than at the top or bottom, making it easy to grip. Other common features include inscriptions indicating contents and flanged lips to help secure cloth or paper seals. The decoration, usually more elaborate on one side than the other, can sometimes link pieces to a known dispensary or specific workshop or artist.
Inscription: Painted beneath foot: LR

Note: These letters, painted after the pitcher was made, perhaps indicate ownership at one point in its history.
George Blumenthal , Paris and New York (until 1941; to MMA)
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