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Trilobed vessel with Two Lovers in a Landscape

ca. 1540–45
Italian, perhaps Urbino with Urbino or Gubbio luster
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Overall (confirmed): 2 7/8 × 7 1/4 × 6 1/2 in. (7.3 × 18.4 × 16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
Not on view
The sheer variety of maiolica forms associated with dining suggests that each type served a specialized function, which in the case of this small footed dish remains unknown. Its shape indicates that it may have been intended as a serving vessel for salt or another condiment. Its decoration clearly distinguishes between the interior and exterior surfaces, with an oak-tree design on the outside, and within, a pair of lovers embracing in a sunset landscape.
Inscription: Paster: Annexe 131

Marking: Unmarked
probably Baron Gustave de Rothschild , Paris (until d. 1911; to his grandson, Baron Henri Lambert) ; by descent, Baron Henri Lambert (until d. 1933; to his widow, Baroness Johanna Lambert) ; Baroness Rothschild-Lambert (1933–41; sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 7, 1941, no. 63; sold for $150 to MMA)
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