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Two-handled pharmacy or storage jar with arms of the Orsini family and profile head of a man

Date:
ca. 1460–80
Culture:
Italian, probably Deruta
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 14 × 11 1/2 × 10 5/8 in. (35.6 × 29.2 × 27 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.26
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The arms of the Orsini, a powerful Roman family, appear on one side of this jar, while the profile of a young man is delicately painted on the other. Numbers scratched into the underside note its weight when empty—useful information when measuring goods.
Marking: Scratched on underside: lb.x.d.vi.
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until d. 1913; probably on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, brought to New York 1912; to his son, J. P. Morgan); by descent, J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (1913–16; on loan to MMA 1914–16 [PM3079]; sold to Duveen as part of the Morgan collection); [ Duveen Brothers , New York, 1916; sold to Schiff ] ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1916–d. 1931; on loan to MMA 1917–19; to his son, John); by descent, John M. Schiff , New York (1931–46; on loan to MMA 1937–46, on view 1937–41; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 86; sold for $2,700 plus $135 comission to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]
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