Antoine Sigalon (French, 15241590)
Tin–glazed earthenware; H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1941 (41.49.9a,b)
In February 1581, the general assembly of the reformed churches of the Languedoc (southwest France) met to consider a peace treaty between French Catholics and Protestants signed in 1580. Antoine Sigalon, a maiolica potter and deacon in the reformed church of Nîmes, satirized Catholic liturgical vestments in the decoration of this flask. It was probably made as a gift to the powerful Protestant German prince Johann Casimir of Bavaria (15431592), who sent a personal ambassador to the Nîmes conference.