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Storage jar (albarello) depicting a peacock

ca. 1470–1500
Italian, perhaps Pesaro
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): H. 12 1/4 x W. 5 3/4 x D. 5 3/4 in. (31.1 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Due to the style of its painted decoration, this storage jar has been attributed to Faenza, Deruta, and most recently, to Pesaro. The difficulty in determining its place of origin is due in part to the popularity of certain decorative motifs employed by potters working in various centers of maiolica production in the last quarter of the fifteenth century.
Marking: Outside bottom, red wax seal: A (?) T
Michel Boy , Versailles (before 1905) ; Sigismond Bardac , Paris (by 1913) ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (before 1927–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4, 1946, no. 15; through French & Co. to MMA)
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