Wine cooler with A Pageant Battle with Elephants

Workshop of the Fontana family Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503

Coolers were set near the table on a credenza or sideboard, visible to diners and within easy reach of servants. They are designed to be viewed from any side, but especially from above when empty. When not in use, coolers remained in place to convey the owner’s refined taste and, due to the relatively inexpensive medium, personal modesty.

Wine cooler with A Pageant Battle with Elephants, Workshop of the Fontana family (Italian, active ca. 1553–80), Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Urbino

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