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Storage jar (albarello) with a profile portrait

Date:
ca. 1480–1500
Culture:
Italian, probably Naples or Naples district
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 12 9/16 x W. 5 3/8 x D. 5 3/8 in. (31.9 x 13.7 x 13.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The distinctive profile of the man depicted on this storage jar might suggest that it is the portrait of a specific individual. It has been proposed that it represents King Charles VIII of France (1470–1498), who invaded Italy in 1494–95 and attempted, without success, to seize the throne of Naples.
Possibly Dr. B..., Paris, France (until 1909, said to have come from the collection of Dr. B, sale, Paris, April 23, 1909, no. 46); Possibly Arthur Sambon (until 1914, said to have come from the collection of Arthur Sambon, sale, Paris, May 25, 1914, no. 242); Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (before 1927–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4, 1946, no. 34; sold through French & Co. to MMA)
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