Jug, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Florence or environs (probably Montelupo)

Jug

Date:
ca. 1480–1500
Culture:
Italian, Florence or environs (probably Montelupo)
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 15/16 × 4 1/2 in. (17.6 × 11.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
65.6.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Jugs ornamented with heraldic animals were very popular and were widespread; the shape of this one is typically Tuscan. Examples like this were traded extensively and one is represented in the famous Merode Triptych, painted in the Netherlands around 1430 and currently on view at the Cloisters (see metmuseum.org/collections).
Inscription: Stickers on underside: [1] maj. ewer / with fantastic / animal / 2. ne; [2] C 1958
[ Rosenberg and Stiebel, Inc. , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given by the dealers to MMA in esxchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards (carnets de bal) from the Morgan collection ]