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made at Urbino, Italy

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Jug (1 of 2)

This maiolica jug was made around 1579 at the Patanazzi Workshop at Urbino in Italy. It came from a service to celebrate the Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, to Margherita Gonzaga in 1579.

The jug has an embossed bow handle and is painted in polychrome with arabesques on a white ground, the motto 'ARDET AETERNUM' [It burns forever] and, below the spout, an impresa. The impresa is supposed to represent a piece of asbestos impossible to extinguish once lit. The underside is inscribed 'Af' and '32'.

The 'Af' monogram indicates that the piece was one of 99 pieces bought by Andrew Fountaine (1808-73) as an addition to the 18th-century collection of maiolica acquired by Sir Andrew Fountaine.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-711-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1885.32
Date: Around 1579
c. 1579
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: ARDET AETERNUM; Af; 32
Dimensions: 265 mm H x 145 mm D
What: Jug
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Urbino
Who: Andrew Fountaine IV Collection (Previous owner)
Duke Alfonso II (Impresa depicted)
Patanazzi Workshop, Urbino (Maker)
Where: Italy, Urbino
Description: Maiolica jug with an embossed bow handle and painted in polychrome with arabesques on a white ground, an impresa and the motto "ARDET AETERNUM": Italian, Urbino, Patanazzi Workshop, about 1579
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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