Jar with a Lame Peasant

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Jar with a Lame Peasant






Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Europe (Place created)


early 16th century


Tin-glazed earthenware

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24.8 × 15.9 × 12.9 cm (9 3/4 × 6 1/4 × 5 1/16 in.)

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The meaning of this lame peasant is not known. He hobbles barefoot through a barren landscape, dressed in a simple tunic and wrapped in a cloak. A leather bag and painted earthenware jug are under one arm, while he leans heavily on a crutch.

The initial B topped by an o on the back of the jar may refer to the jar's maker or to the pharmacy for which it was made. This piece belongs to a set of over twenty jars decorated with various subjects including biblical, genre, allegorical, and erotic images, all painted with a B or Bo.

- 1913

J. Pierpont Morgan, Sr., 1837 - 1913, by descent to J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr.

1913 - 1916

J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr., 1867 - 1943, passed to Duveen Brothers, 1916.


Duveen Brothers, Inc., sold to Joseph E. Widener, 1916.
Source: Duveen Brothers, Records, 1876 - 1981, Getty Research Institute, Special Collections, no. M.M.87, boxes 164 and 193.

1916 - 1944

Joseph E. Widener [sold, Samuel T. Freeman and Co., Philadelphia, June 20, 1944, lots 326, 327.]


French and Company, Inc.

- 1965

Dr. Robert Bak [sold, Sotheby's, London, December 7, 1965, lot 54, to "Goldbaum" (according to a sale catalogue notation).]

1965 -


- 1979

Benjamin Sonnenberg [sold, Sotheby's, New York, June 5, 1979, lot 356.]

- 1984

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


Rackham, Bernard. "A New Chapter in the History of Italian Maiolica." Burlington Magazine 27 (April and May 1915), p. 50.

Inventory of the Objets d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener (Philadelphia: privately printed, 1935), pp. 67-68.

Bellini, Mario and Giovanni Conti. Maioliche italiace del rinascimento (Milan, 1964), p. 100, pls. A, C.

Rasmussen, Jörg. Italienische Majolika (Hamburg, 1984), pp. 84, 86.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 241, no. 163.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Maiolica: Catalogue of the Collections (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), pp. 75-81, no. 24.

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. 181, no. 360.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Ceramics: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002), pp. 118-27, no. 21.