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:  J.E. TAYLOR/110/240/COLLECTION;  3,242;  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 ]