Jug with a Musical Theme

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Jug with a Musical Theme






Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place created)




Tin-glazed earthenware


32.5 x 13.3 x 26 cm (12 13/16 x 5 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

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Three large medallions, each labeled with the date 1536, decorate the body of this oval jug. They show the mythological figure of Orpheus playing a lira da braccio, a musician in contemporary dress playing a lute, and Elisha, an Old Testament prophet with a turban and a long beard, reading a book. In the Bible, on hearing the music of a stringed instrument, Elisha entered an ecstatic trance and began preaching about doom and destruction. The musical theme of the three medallions suggests that the jug's owner was a music lover or perhaps a musician himself.

- 1878

Alessandro Castellani (Rome, Italy) [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 27-29, 1878, lot 230.]

- 1913

J. Pierpont Morgan, Sr., 1837 - 1913 (New York. New York), by descent to J. Pierpont Morgan Jr.

1913 -

J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr., 1867 - 1943 (New York, New York), sold to Carl W. Hamilton.

still in 1928

Carl W. Hamilton (New York)

- 1980

George R. Hann (Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania) [sold, Christie's, at the Hann home, Treetops, in Sewickley Heights, May 19, 1980, lot 91, to Rainer Zietz, Limited.]

1980 - 1984

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