Vase with love motifs, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Deruta

Vase with love motifs

ca. 1470–90
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 10 1/8 × 7 1/2 × 11 1/4 in. (25.7 × 19.1 × 28.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Amorous symbols decorate this vessel. On one side, a graceful bird clutches a scroll inscribed with a romantic dedication: Non te posso lassar (I cannot leave you). This declaration of fidelity is paired, on the opposite side, with the image of an arrow piercing a heart from which flowers and acorns bloom. The broad span of the handles and the two-sided design suggest that it was intended more for display than for storage—possibly as a gift between lovers.
Inscription: Inscribed on white scroll, in blue: NONTEPOSSOLASSARE [trans.: Non ti posso lasciarel "I cannot leave you", or literally "leave you I cannot"]

Stickers on underside: [1] 78; [2] C 1943; [3] 10. v. Pannwitz/Berlin

Written on underside in crayon: 78

Marking: Stamped on underside, in wax: medallion with coat of arms (Pannwitz collector's seal)
de Rozière (until 1902; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 3–5, 1902, no. 4); [ Charles Mannheim , Paris, until d. 1910; his sale, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 1910, no. 2 ]; 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 ]