Pair of low–footed bowls with busts of Ruggieri and Filomena, ca. 1520–25
Italy; Urbino or Castel Durante
Tin–glazed earthenware (maiolica); (.7) H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm), Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); (.8) H. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm), Diam. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Inscribed: RUGIERI and PHILOMENA
J. Pierpont Morgan Gift, by exchange, 1965 (65.6.7)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1965 (65.5.8)
These two footed bowls, 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.