Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of a Dog

1543
Enea Vico (Italian, 1523–1567)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 421

Dimensions

Sheet: 26.9 x 19.5 cm (10 9/16 x 7 11/16 in.)(trimmed slightly within the platemark)

Accession Number

2007.1099

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two prints by the Italian Renaissance engraver and ornament designer, Eneo Vico, were given in memory of Tracey Albainy, the much admired former curator of European decorative arts and sculpture, who passed away in December, 2007. In one engraving, a thirsty dog, who takes the place of a handle, peers into a pitcher. In the other, the pitcher’s handle is composed of an eagle’s talons, which rest on the chest of a fantastical sea nymph. The whimsical charm of Vico’s inventions in the antique style would have delighted the curator. [Also see object number 2008.360]

Markings

Verso, lower left-center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)

Provenance

Frederick Mulder, London; from whom purchased February 23, 1972 by Stephanie Loeb Stepanek; her gift to the MFA December 31, 2007

Credit Line

Gift of Stephanie Loeb Stepanek in memory of Tracey Albainy