Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Round Drawing Room.

Vase with Arms and Ring Device of the Medici

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000190

Decorative Object
Tin-glazed earthenware, decorated in blue and lustre
57 cm [height]
British Museum, Department of Prehistory and Europe. G.619

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Round Drawing Room

1774 Description: A large vase of Florentine fayence, with the arms of the great duke. (135)

1784 Description: Under it [Japan cabinet], a large vase of Florentine fayence, with the arms of the great duke.

Sale Text: An extraordinary fine specimen of the Raphael or Faenza ware, with the arms of the Great Duke, of singular design, and presenting a curious and very fine specimen of this rare and much prized ware, 22 inches high.

Object History

Provenance: Before 1492, Piero or Lorenzo de’ Medici; Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 23, lot 51 bt. W. M. Smith, £22.1.0; Hollingworth Magniac (1786-1869), Colworth, Bedfordshire; 1892 July 12, Magniac Sale, day 8, lot 968, bt. Durlacher, 670 gns; Frederick DuCane Godman; 1983, bequeathed by Miss Edith Godman to the British Museum.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 148.

Bibliography: J. C. Robinson, Notices of the Principal Works of Arts in the Collection of Hollingworth Magniac, Esq. (London, 1861), no. 135.
The Godman Collection of Oriental and Spanish Pottery and Glass (London, 1901), cat. 36, no. 441, p. 32, p; XI.
A. Van de Put, Hispano-Moresque Ware of the XV Century (London, 1904), 88, pl. XXVI.
A. W. Frothingham, Lusterware of Spain (New York: Hispanic Society of America, 1951), 128.
Timothy Wilson, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance (London: British Museum, 1987) Exhibition catalogue. 28-31, no.16.
P.L. Rubin and A. Wright, Renaissance Florence (National Gallery: London, 1999), no. 81.
Luke Syson and Dora Thornton, Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy (London: British Museum Press, 2001), 204, fig. 165.
M. Spallanzani, Maoiliche ispano-moresche a Firenze nel Rinascimento (Florence, 2006), 201, p. 87a, b.