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Pilgrim Flask

attributed to Antonio Patanazzi, Italian, active by c.1570
Tin-glazed earthenware with pewter stopper
Made in
Urbino, Marches region, Italy, Europe
Ceramics, containers
Current Location
Not on view
with cap, maximum width: 16 3/8 x 10 7/8 x 5 3/4 in. (41.6 x 27.6 x 14.6 cm)
without cap: 13 7/8 x 10 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (35.2 x 26.7 x 14.6 cm)
cap only: 3 1/2 x 2 in. (8.9 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
With gold hues and blue accents, a whirling design of fantastic creatures flanks a central coat of arms representing the Spanish nobleman Fernando Ruiz de Castro, (1548-1601). The motifs reflect the wall decorations from the ancient Palace of Nero, unearthed in Rome in the late 15th century.
Fernando Ruiz de Castro, 6th Count of Lemos (1548-1601) and Catarina de Sandoval Rojas y Borja, Countess of Lemos (1550-1628), Cuéllar, Spain; Naples, Italy [1]

Strozzi Collection, Florence, Italy [2]

J. Pierpont Morgan, New York, NY, USA [3]

- 1925
Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., New York, NY

1925 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Arnold Selgimann, Rey & Co., Inc. [4]

[1] The arms painted on the pilgrim bottle indicate that the object was commissioned for Fernando Ruiz de Castro, 6th count of Lemos and Viceroy of Naples from 1599-1601 [see remarks by Timothy Wilson (January 2001) and Michael J. Brody (August 2005), SLAM document files; Wilson, Timothy. "Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance." London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1987, cat. no. 158, pp. 135-136]. Most likely the flask belongs to a larger service commissioned by the Princess of Bisignano (probably Isabella della Rovere, daughter of Guidobaldo II, Duke of Urbino) as a gift to Caterina [Negroni, Franco. "Una famiglia di ceramisti Urbinati: I Patanazzi." "Faenza," vol. 84 (1998), pp. 108].

[2] According to the invoice from Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc. dated October 14, 1924, the piece formerly belonged to the Strozzi Collection [SLAM document files].

[3] The 1924 invoice (see note [2]) also notes that the object was formerly owned by J. Pierpont Morgan.

[4] See note [2]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, January 9, 1925.
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