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"Tazza" with St. John the Baptist and a Bacchanalia

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description The "tazza" bowl is decorated in high relief in the Italian late 16th-century style with bacchanalia scenes (showing a procession of followers of Bacchus, the Roman wine god). Scholars remain divided as to whether the bowl is genuine or a forgery. In the center of the "tazza" is a 16th-century Limoges enamel showing St. John the Baptist with his lamb. The foot of the tazza appears to be a later addition. When Henry Walters acquired this piece, he thought it was made by the Nuremberg goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer (ca. 1507-1585).
Date Description Narrative
9/09/1963Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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16th century (?) 19th century (?)
silver-gilt, painted enamel enamel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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Diam: 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
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