Tazza with cover

Date: ca. 1550–55, with later restorations

Culture: French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris

Medium: Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament, with 20th century unpainted foot

Dimensions: 6 3/8 × 5 in. (16.2 × 12.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.1745a, b


As their different color schemes suggest, the cup and cover did not originally form a set. The foot and the stem’s lower section, beneath the ring of white zigzags in relief, are modern replacements. Near the lip of the cup is a band with a flowering vase-and-bird motif, which also occurs in the basin (réchaud) displayed nearby. The shield of the powerful Montmorency-Laval family appears on the interior.

[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2011]