Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of an Eagle's Talons

1543
Enea Vico (Italian, 1523–1567)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 422

Dimensions

Sheet: 24.4 x 18.2 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/16 in.)(trimmed on the platemark or with thread margins)

Accession Number

2008.306

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. [Please also see object number 2007.1099]

Markings

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

Provenance

Frederick Mulder, London; from whom purchased February 1972 by Clifford S. Ackley; his gift to the MFA June 25, 2008

Credit Line

Gift of Clifford S. Ackley in memory of Tracey Albainy