Exhibitions/ Art Object

Antique Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of a Merman, a Nautical Motifs with Dolphins and Tridents and a Bovine Skull, from Vases after the Antique

Artist:
Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara)
Published in:
Rome
Date:
1543
Medium:
Engraving [very early edition of the first state]
Dimensions:
Plate: 9 1/2 × 7 1/8 in. (24.2 × 18.1 cm)
Classifications:
Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.50.1(30)
Not on view
Antique ewer with a handle in the shape of a merman oriented towards the right. The body of the ewer is decorated with two friezes, the upper frieze containing nautical motifs including dolphins and tridents, and the lower decorated with a bovine skull flanked by two horned sheep masks. From a series of vase designs after the Antique, first published by Enea Vico in 1543, and later included in a composite series with other designs by Agostino Veneziano by Antonio Lafreri dated circa 1573 based on its presence in Lafreri’s catalogue.
Inscription: From left to right and top to bottom: '57...' (pen and ink); '11' (pencil); '30' (pencil); '‘ROMAE AB ANTIQVO REPERTVM. (…) M.D.XXXXIII’; ‘EV’; 'B. 432' (Bartsch reference by Destailleur); 'No 8' (pencil - numbering by Destailleur)
Hippolyte-Alexandre-Gabriel-Walter Destailleur (French, Paris, 1822–1893); Vendor: G. Rapilly & Fils
B.XV.352.432;TIB.30.271.432
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