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One-handled storage jar (albarello)

ca. 1510–30
Italian, Siena
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 8 9/16 × 6 × 4 11/16 in. (21.7 × 15.2 × 11.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The single-handled form is uncommon, and each of the dozen known examples is decorated with the same palette and winged cherub design. This suggests that they were commissioned together as a single pharmacy series.
Marking: Cold-painted on body behind handle: 8

Incised on underside: L2 d8
Sigismond Bardac , Paris (until 1913; sold as part of the Bardac collection to Seligmann); [ Arnold Seligmann , Parks and New York, 1913–14; sold as part of the Bardac collection to Schiff ]; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1914–d. 1931; on loan to MMA 1917–19; to his son, John); by descent, John M. Schiff (1931–46; on loan to MMA 1937–46, on view 1937–41; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 16; sold for $800 plus $40 commission to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]
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