Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shallow bowl with Ruggiero

ca. 1525
Italian, possibly Urbino
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall: 1 5/8 × 8 1/4 in. (4.1 × 21 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
These two footed bowls (see also 65.6.8), or coppe, are part of one of the most striking series of maiolica produced in the 1520s. They were made for an unidentified patron and are painted with busts of illustrious heroes and heroines, ancient and modern. The helmets, in their classicizing style, are comparable to those on ancient coin portraits and on contemporary medals.
Inscription: On white scroll, in blue: RVGIERI

Stickers on underside: [1] J.E. TAYLOR/110/240/COLLECTION; [2] 3,242; [3] C 1947

Written in ink on underside: .82

Marking: Affixed to underside: red medallion with letter "F" in center (perhaps Fau collection sticker)
Joseph Fau (by 1865–1884; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 3–8, 1884, no. 16; sold for 2,750 francs to Boy); [ Michel Boy , Paris and Versailles, 1884–d. 1904 ] ; John Edward Taylor , London (until d. 1905; to his widow, Martha) ; by descent, Martha Taylor (1905–d. 1912; sale, Christie's, London, July 1–4, 9–10, 1912, no. 110; sold for £240 plus premium to Lippmann); 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 ]
Related Objects

Plate (one of a pair)

Artist: Style of Nicola da Urbino (Italian, active by 1520–died ?1537/38 Urbino) Date: ca. 1525 or later Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 65.6.8 On view in:Not on view

Dish with The Woman of Sestos and the Eagle and arms of the Pucci family

Artist: Painted by Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582) Date: 1532 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 32.100.378 On view in:Not on view

Wine cooler with A Pageant Battle with Elephants

Artist: Workshop of the Fontana family (Italian, active ca. 1553–80) Date: ca. 1562–75 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 32.100.362 On view in:Gallery 503

Inkstand with Apollo and the Muses

Artist: Workshop of the Patanazzi family (Italian, active ca. 1580–1620) Date: 1584 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 32.100.363a–f On view in:Gallery 503

Plate with Paris Killing Achilles and arms of the Calini family

Artist: Nicolo da Gabriele Sbraghe (Italian, active by 1520–37/38) Date: ca. 1525 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 84.3.2 On view in:Gallery 503