Storage jar (albarello) with a profile portrait, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, probably Naples or Naples district

Storage jar (albarello) with a profile portrait

Date:
ca. 1480–1500
Culture:
Italian, probably Naples or Naples district
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 12 9/16 × 5 3/8 × 5 3/8 in. (31.9 × 13.7 × 13.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The distinctive profile of the man depicted on this storage jar might suggest that it is the portrait of a specific individual. It has been proposed that it represents King Charles VIII of France (1470–1498), who invaded Italy in 1494–95 and attempted, without success, to seize the throne of Naples.
Dr. Belliol (until 1909; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 23–24, 1909, no. 46); [ probably Alessandro Imbert , Rome ] ; [ Arthur Sambon , Paris, until 1914; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 25–28, 1914, no. 242 ]; [ Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc. , New York; sold March 14, 1916, for $3,000 to Schiff ] ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1916–d. 1931; on loan to MMA 1917–19; to his son, John ]; by descent, John M. Schiff , New York (1931–46; on loan to MMA 1937–46, on view 1937–41; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 34; sold for $700 plus $35 commission to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]