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Ewer stand with male and female profiles and arms of the Orsini family

ca. 1500–1510
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Overall (confirmed): 1 9/16 × 12 1/8 in. (4 × 30.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The motto FIDES O[M]NIA (Faith [or Fidelity] is all things) encircling the double portraits of a man and a woman suggests that the decoration of the plate refers to a marriage or betrothal. The inclusion of the Orsini coats of arms at top and bottom might indicate that both bride and groom were related to that powerful Roman family.
Inscription: Inscribed: within central band: • fides • / o[m]nia [trans.: Fides Omnia, Faith [or Fidelity] is all things]; on left roundel: • lore •; on right roundel: cesera
Robert Stayner Holford , Dorchester House, London, and Westonbirt House, Gloucestershire (until d. 1892; to his son, George); Lt. Col. Sir George Lindsay Holford , Dorchester House, London, and Westonbirt House, Gloucestershire (1892–d.1926; his sale, Christie's, London, July 13–14, 1927, no. 57; sold for £1,155 including premium to Symons; Michael Friedsam , New York (until d. 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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