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  • Place of origin:

    Montelupo (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1480 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted with metal based colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 27, shelf 1

This jug is a rare survival of a type of tableware used by wealthy families in the Renaissance.
The decoration, with a representation of Cupid in triumph, is symbolic of love and this jug was probably used, filled with wine, during the celebration of a wedding or betrothal.
In the Renaissance, as now, brides and grooms exchanged gifts, and this jug might well have been given as a token of love. Given its impressive size and fine painting this would have been a treasured possession.

Physical description

Large jug with loop handle depicting a vase at the bottom of the handle and the Triumph of Love within a wreath supported by two angels

Place of Origin

Montelupo (Probably, made)


ca. 1480 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted with metal based colours


Height: 38.5 cm, Diameter: 29 cm

Object history note

Bought from Delange, Paris for 12l

Descriptive line

Jug with the Triumph of Love, tin-glazed earthenware, made in Montelupo, Florence, ca 1480

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cora, Galeazzo, la storia della maiolica di Firenze e del contado, Florence, 1973, pl. 152, 153
Berti, Fausto Storia della ceramica di Montelupo, volume 1, 1997, plate 136
Berti, Fausto. Capolavori della maiolica rinascimentale: Montelupo "fabbrica" di Firenze 1400-1600. Montelupo Fiorentino : Florence, 2002

Labels and date

Jug with the Triumph of Cupid
Italy, Montelupo, 1480

Museum number 1568-1855 []


Tin-glazed earthenware

Subjects depicted

Love; Flowers




Ceramics Collection

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