Tazza cover, Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament, French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris

Tazza cover

Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris
Medium:
Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament
Dimensions:
3 1/2 × 6 in. (8.9 × 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1747
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
An intricate pattern of interlacing bands and vines serves as a backdrop for leaf and lizard ornaments radiating from the finial; the seated child at the top is mostly a replacement. On the underside is an image of a putto playing a viol; music-playing children appear in Fontainebleau’s Galerie François Ier (1533–40) and in the prints it inspired.
Grasset ; Perret ; Rutter ; Benjamin Delessert (by 1862) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York (until 1917; to MMA)