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Vase or jar with love motifs

Date:
ca. 1470–90
Culture:
Italian, Deruta
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 10 1/8 x W. 7 1/2 x D. 11 1/4 in. (25.7 x 19.1 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
65.6.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
This jar may have been a betrothal gift, as the imagery refers to love. On the front an inscription reads "non te posso lassar," "I cannot leave you," while on the back a heart is pierced by an arrow. It may have been intended as a plant pot.
Inscription: Inscribed on white scroll, in blue: NON TE POSSO LASSARE (trans.: I am not able to leave you, literally "leave you I cannot")

Stickers on underside: [1] 78; [2] C 1943; [3] 10. v. Pannqitsz/Berlin

Written on underside in crayon: 78

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) ; [ von Pannwitz collection, through Stiebel Ltd. , 1965; sold to MMA ]
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