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  • Place of origin:

    Urbino (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1590 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case R1, shelf 4

Physical description

Pilgrim-bottle with four loops, the two upper moulded each with two grotesque masks. On the sides are two shields bordered with baroque scrollwork and ensigned with the Medici crown. They are charged respectively with the arms of Medici and Lorraine with quarterings. They are surrounded by a ring of female terminal figures set radially with outstretched arms holding festoons of drapery; between the figures are various motives including a crown, an owl, a swan, a violet plant in blossom, a fish, parrot, a magpie, a stag, a dog, a hare, and formal ornaments. On the rounded edges between the loops are oval medallions painted to imitate cameos with naked female figures.

Place of Origin

Urbino (made)


ca. 1590 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in enamels


Height: 40.5 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Object history note

Walpole Collection. Strawberry Hill sale catalogue purchased at Christie's, April 1843. (see curators comments).

Descriptive line

Pilgrim-bottle with four loops, the two upper moulded each with two grotesque masks, tin-glazed earthenware, made in Urbino, Italy, about 1590

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

Rackham, Bernard Catalogue of Italian maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977 (Printed by Billing & Sons), Vol. 1, Cat. No. 951.

Labels and date

Made in Urbino, Italy
Tin-glazed earthenware

322-1854 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Similar case with dragon handles, "PISA" in cartouche under handles (referred to by Fortum), ill. in Detroit Institute of Fine Art, Exhibition Decorative arts of the Italian Renaissance, Nov. 1958-Jan.1959, No. 129, p. 50, fig. on p. 61

Of photos of two bottles in Robert Bok Collection, New York (Photos in Dept., V & A). See also article by G. Cora, Faenza No. 1-3 1964 H. 25-30, where Pisa is ruled out on grounds of the early date, 1591, written underneath one of Bok's pieces.

Probably lot 38 in Christies, 1777 (Broderick) acc. to A.V.B. Norman.

Giov. Conti, " La Maiolica del Museo del Barghello" in Faenza LV (1969) III-VI, p. 59.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Scrollwork; Masks; Coats of arms


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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