Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Hero Ruggiero (one of a pair)

Maker:
Style of Nicola da Urbino (Italian, active by 1520–died ?1537/38 Urbino)
Date:
ca. 1525 or later
Culture:
Italian, Castel Durante
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
H. 1-5/8 in. (4.1 cm), Diam. 8-1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
65.6.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
These two footed bowls (see also 65.6.8), or coppe, are part of one of the most striking series of maiolica produced in the 1520s. They were made for an unidentified patron and are painted with busts of illustrious heroes and heroines, ancient and modern. The helmets, in their classicizing style, are comparable to those on ancient coin portraits and on contemporary medals.
Inscription: On white scroll, in blue: "RVGIERI"

Marking: Affixed to underside: red medallion with letter "F" in center (collector's mark)
Joseph Fau (until 1884; sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 1–2, 1884, nos. 15 -16 (65.6.7 and .8, described); Walter von Pannwitz (by 1925) ; Possibly John Edward Taylor ; [ van Pannwitz collection though Stiebel Ltd. ; sold to MMA ]
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