Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of a Dog

Enea Vico (Italian, 1523–1567)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 421


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



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]


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


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