Style of Nicola da Urbino (Italian, active by 1520–died ?1537/38 Urbino)
ca. 1525 or later
Italian, Castel Durante
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 1 11/16 x 8 3/8 in. (4.3 x 21.3 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Not on view
These two footed bowls (see also 65.6.7), 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: "PHILOMENA"
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) ; John Edward Taylor ; [ van Pannwitz collection through Stiebel Ltd. ; sold to MMA ]