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Cistern (one of a pair)

ca. 1550–70
Italian, Urbino
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 10 × 19 1/2 × 19 1/2 in. (25.4 × 49.5 × 49.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on underside in red: 464 (inventory number, unknown collection)
Charles Jervas (until 1740 or 1747) ; Earl of Exeter (to Horace Walpole) ; Horace Walpole (until 1842; Strawberry Hill collection sale, April 25, 1842, nos. 81 and 82, sold on the 23rd day's sale, May 20, 1842; sold for £168 to Burdett-Coutts); Baroness Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts (1842–1922; Burdett-Coutts collection sale, May 9, 1922, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, no. 181; sold for £241.10 to H. J. Simmons); H. J. Simmons (from 1922) ; Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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