In the fifteenth century, Italian maiolica design was influenced by vases imported from Spain, which is apparent in this albarello’s winglike handles. Dramatic and impractical, they echo the spread wings of the crowned eagles painted on either side of the vessel, a motif also borrowed from Hispano-Moresque pottery. The style of ornament mimics patterns typically found on earthenware produced in Valencia.
Inscription: Stickers on underside:  9. v. Pannwitz/Berlin;  77;  C 1942
Marking: Stamped on underside, in clay: medallion with coat of arms (collector's mark?)
de Rozière (until 1902; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 3–5, 1902, no. 13); [ Charles Mannheim , Paris, until d. 1910; his sale, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 1910, no. 1 ]; Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (until d. 1920) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given by the dealers to MMA in exchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards (carnets de bal) from the Morgan collection ]