Description The complex ornament and curving handles of this pair of vases demonstrate the love of intricate ornament characteristic of the late Renaissance in general and are typical of the productions of the Patanazzi workshop in particular. Classical figures, festoons, and grotesque masks give the surfaces a lively character, while the biblical scenes--based on illustrations from a 16th-century printed Bible--have been framed with strap work, a popular decorative system that imitates cut and folded leather.
Provenance William (J. L.), 7th Earl Poulette [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; J. Seligmann, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, Nov. 6, 1908, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1908
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