Abundance

Italian (Florence)
Renaissance
First quarter of the 16th century
Attributed to Giovanni della Robbia (Italian, Florentine, 1469–1529 (?))


Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy

Dimensions

65.79 cm (25 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

46.840

Medium or Technique

Polychromed glazed terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Abundance on plain oval pedestal, wears blue dress with yellow & neck & waist, holds with right hand basket of fruit on head and in right cornucopia.


This sculpture would have decorated a home in Florence. The subject resonates with civic meaning. Abundance was a sign of good government and civic well-being. This subject was represented in Florence in a large sculpture by Donatello, set in a central city square.

Provenance

Adolf von Beckerath (b. 1834 - d. 1915), Berlin [see note 1]. By 1923, A. S. Drey, Munich [see note 2]; sold by Drey, probably to Delia Spencer (Mrs. Marshall) Field (b. 1854 - d. 1937), Paris and Washington, D.C.; probably by inheritance to her niece, Catherine Spencer Eddy (Mrs. Albert J.) Beveridge (b. 1881 - d. 1970), Beverly Farms, MA; 1946, gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1946)

NOTES:
[1] According to information provided by Mrs. Beveridge, this statuette and its companion (MFA accession no. 46.839) had come from the collection of Beckerath and were sold in Berlin. [2] The exact date that the statuettes were sold is unknown. Mrs. Beveridge provided an undated list of works of art that had been acquired from Drey, probably by her aunt, Mrs. Marshall Field. That the Judith was with Drey in 1923 was noted by Frank J. Mather and published by Allan Marquand, The Brothers of Giovanni della Robbia (Princeton, 1928), 188, cat. no. 212b.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of Delia Spencer Field