Maker: Workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)

Date: ca. 1520–25

Culture: Italian, Gubbio

Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 7 3/4 × 6 7/8 × 5 in. (19.7 × 17.5 × 12.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Gift of V. Everit Macy, in memory of his wife, Edith Carpenter Macy, 1927

Accession Number: 27.97.39


Against a background of deep blue, the warm ocher-colored ornament consists of monstrous sea creatures, scrolling vines, and musical instruments. A pair of portraits, enclosed within heraldic frames, may indicate that the vessel was intended as a wedding gift. Within the newlyweds’ home, the ewer would have been placed on a sideboard with a shallow basin.