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Two-handled storage jug (albarello) with crowned eagles

ca. 1460–80
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): H. 9 1/2 x W. 11 3/4 x D. 6 3/4 in. (24.1 x 29.8 x 17.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The flat handles of this imposing jar refer back to vases made by Moslem potters in Spain. One such luxury item was sent from Spain to the Medici family in Florence in about 1470. The specific reference of the eagle, sometimes associated with the Holy Roman Empire, cannot be determined.
Inscription: Stickers on underside: [1] 9. v. Pannwitz/Berlin; [2] 77; [3] 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) ; Charles Mannheim (until d. 1910) ; Walter von Pannwitz (by 1925) ; [ Pannwitz collection sale, Stiebel Ltd. , 1965; sold to MMA ]
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