European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Bowl from a Childbirth SetMade in Urbino, Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Italian
Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
Currently not on view
1999-99-7125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 1999
LabelSeveral pieces in this style are known. This bowl would have belonged to a set of stacking dishes whose extreme precariousness explains why no complete set survives from the Renaissance. However, enough individual examples remain to prove the growth of specialized ceramic types associated with childbirth. We know that they appealed to some rulers since several examples are recorded in an inventory of the Medici family.