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Two-handled storage jug (albarello) with crowned eagles

ca. 1460–80
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 9 1/2 × 11 3/4 × 6 3/4 in. (24.1 × 29.8 × 17.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
Not on view
In the fifteenth century, Italian maiolica design was influenced by vases imported from Spain, which is apparent in this vase's winglike handles. Dramatic and impractical, they echo the spread wings of the crowned eagles painted on either side of the vessel, a motif also borrowed from Hispano-Moresque pottery. The style of ornament mimics patterns typically found on earthenware produced in Valencia.
Inscription: Stickers on underside: [1] 9. v. Pannwitz/Berlin; [2] 77; [3] C 1942

Marking: Stamped on underside, in clay: medallion with coat of arms (collector's mark?)
de Rozière (until 1902; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 3–5, 1902, no. 13); [ Charles Mannheim , Paris, until d. 1910; his sale, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 1910, no. 1 ]; Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (until d. 1920) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given by the dealers to MMA in exchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards (carnets de bal) from the Morgan collection ]
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