19 Dic Albarello in maiolica policroma, Pesaro, circa 1480
This albarello or drug pot was produced by a workshop in Pesaro around the third quarter of the fifteenth century in a Italian-Moresque style. “Middle Eastern albarelli were imported in to Italy from the late Middle Ages, and their simple but extremely versatile shape was readily imitated by Italian potters” and the decoration of this drug pot is a clear example of such fusion (P. Sani, M. Reeves and J. Raccanello, Maiolica before Raphael Italian ceramics before 1500, p. 102, n. 16). In this drug pot local repertory and Middle Eastern ornaments blend in a Berrettino blue ground with a Moresque palm leaf motif that stretches all-around the body in dark blue and emerald green. This kind of decoration is also visible on pieces produced in Faenza and Deruta around 1460–1480, revealing the sophisticated and exotic tastes of patrons and clients of the time. Furthermore, a frieze composed by overlapping serpentines and rays enriches the shoulder and the foot and these rays are known as “San Bernardino rays” because of their relation to the saints’ iconography. Such decoration is also visible on the famous Memling Jug, also produced in Pesaro, as well as many ceramic artefacts of the end of the fifteenth century.Manufactory: Pesaro
Date: circa 1470 – 1480
Measurements: h. cm 26, d. cm 15
Condition: Slightly worn, some minor losses of colour to the shoulder and to the foot
Bibliografia: for other artefacts with similar decoration see: P. Bernardi, Antica Maiolica di Pesaro dal XIV al XVII secolo, Firenze 1984, p. 250, figg. 25-26; W. M. Watson, Italian Renaissance Ceramics from the Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia 2001, p. 99, cat. 30; P. Sani, M. Reeves and J. Raccanello, Maiolica before Raphael Italian ceramics before 1500, p. 102, n. 16, pp. 122-123, n. 21, pp. 158-164, n. 28.