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Plate with the Visconti arms

Date:
ca. 1480–1500
Culture:
Italian, probably Deruta
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 3 5/16 x Diam. 15 in. (8.4 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The distinctive motif of a coiled serpent swallowing a boy derives from the coat of arms of the Visconti family who ruled Milan until 1450, when power shifted to the Sforza family who appropriated this heraldic device when they assumed the Dukedom.
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (before 1927–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4, 1946, no. 67; sold through French & Co. to MMA)
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