Albarello

Spanish (Valencia), probably Manises
15th century


Dimensions

Height: 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm)

Accession Number

2012.124

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware, luster decoration

On View

Italy, 1400–1500 / Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

This albarello probably held dried herbs or medicinal preparations and may have been used in a domestic setting. Though made in Spain, this type of specialty lusterware with likely decorative motifs was extremely popular in Italy, where the luster technique was not mastered until late in the 15th century.

Provenance

Probably by the 1930s, Anton Philips (b. 1874 - d. 1951), Eindhonven, The Netherlands; November 6, 2007, Anton Philips collection sale, Christie's, Amsterdam, lot 55, to Joseph and Margaret Koerner, London and Cambridge, MA; 2012, gift of Joseph and Margaret Koerner to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of the Margaret K. Koerner and Joseph Leo Koerner family