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

Enea Vico (Italian, 1523–1567)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 422


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


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. [Please also see object number 2007.1099]


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


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