Relief-Blue Jar with Rampant Lions

Object Details

Title:

Relief-Blue Jar with Rampant Lions

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Florence (probably), Tuscany, Italy, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1425 - 1450

Medium:

Tin-glazed earthenware

Dimensions:

39.4 × 19.4 × 40 cm (15 1/2 × 7 5/8 × 15 3/4 in.)

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Over fifteen inches high, this jar is the largest known example of its kind. Its overall leaf decoration and rampant lions are painted with a thin layer of relief blue impasto, a dense pigment preparation that could be painted on so thickly that it stood out from the surface of the pot after firing. The rampant lion on either side may refer to the emblem of Florence or it may derive from patterns found on other decorative arts, such as fabrics.

A painted asterisk under each handle may indicate the workshop in which the jar was made.

Provenance
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Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Italian, 1878 - 1955 (Villa Vittoria, Carmignano, Italy), sold to Nella Longari.

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Nella Longari (Milan, Italy), sold to Rainer Zietz Limited.

- 1984

Rainer Zietz Limited, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Bibliography

Cora, Galeazzo. Storia della maiolica di Firenze e del contado; Secoli XIV e XV, 2 vols. (1973, Florence), 1: pp. 83, 457; 2: pl. 112.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 240, no. 157.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Maiolica: Catalogue of the Collections (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), pp. 28-30, no. 7.

Conti, Giovanni, et al. Zaffera et similia nella maiolica italiana. Exh. cat. (Viterbo, 1991), p. 254, no. 59.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 9, no. 2.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 176, no. 346.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Ceramics: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002), pp. 50-55, no. 7.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 186, ill.