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)
Artist:Date: ca. 1550–55, with later restorations Accession Number: 17.190.1745a, b Date:ca. 1550–55, with later restorationsMedium:Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament, with 20th century unpainted footAccession:17.190.1745a, bOn view in:Gallery 544