Lid and Footed Bowl from a Childbirth Set

Francesco Durantino, Italian (active Urbino and elsewhere), documented 1543 - 1575

Made in Italy, Europe
Probably made in Urbino, Italy, Europe

Mid- 1540s

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Bowl: 3 3/4 x 6 15/16 inches (9.5 x 17.6 cm) Lid: 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches (1 x 22.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 254, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 2000

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These two pieces are among the very finest of this ceramic type as their decorations are especially detailed and well painted. The lid fits snugly on top of the bowl, which is for broth. Such ceramics were presented as gifts to women upon the birth of a child and typically feature subjects appropriate for the occasion.

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