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Description The decoration in bright enamel with arcaded friezes is typical of the earthenware produced by the prominent workshop of Paul Preuning in Nuremberg. The figures in relief are based on contemporary German prints and were created by pressing clay into shallow metal molds. They depict the well-rounded life: loyalty to the empire, personal virtue, and attention to personal satisfaction. The top row features a coat of arms with the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire with portraits of the German princes who elected the emperor. In the central row of personifications of the Virtues, we see Charity with two children and Temperance pouring water into her wine (based on engravings by Virgil Solis, 1514-62), while the bottom row includes personifications of the senses of smell and taste. The pewter lid is a replacement and bears the stamp of the Nuremberg pewter maker Andreas Spatz (active 1704-52).
Date Description Narrative
6/26/1964Treatmentrepaired; other
12/01/1987Examinationexamined for condition
12/15/1987Treatmentcleaned; repaired
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • Majolica Mania. The Bard Graduate Center, New York; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2022.
Provenance Collection of Millani of Frankfurt; Jacques Seligmann, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1920, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Pewter mounts have the stamp of Andreas Spatz.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, ca. 1920

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ca. 1550-1560 (Renaissance)
earthenware with enamel, pewter mounts
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H: 20 3/4 × W: 10 3/8 × D: 10 3/8 in. (52.7 × 26.35 × 26.35 cm)


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