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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

Labels and date

Jug with the Triumph of Cupid
Italy, Montelupo, 1480

Museum number 1568-1855 []


Tin-glazed earthenware

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Love




Ceramics Collection

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