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Italian Montelupo maiolica albarello, circa 1510-1520, of shouldered slightly waisted cylindrical form, decorated with Persian palmettes, leaves and scrolls, with two bands of 'nastri' or interlacing zig-zags on the shoulder and neck.
Provenance: W.A. Beare Collection. The 'palmetta persiana' motif has its roots in Egyptian and Iranian ceramics and textiles and was particularly used on Italian pottery c.1500. A Montelupo jar from the V&A Collection with the same design is illustrated in Sani, Elisa P., 'Italian Renaissance Maiolica', p. 48, pl. 42. See Bernard Rackham 'Catalogue of Italian Maiolica with emendations and additional bibliography' by J.V.G. Mallet, (London, 1977), cat. 333, pl. 55, p.116 and Jeanne Giacomotti, 'Catalogue des Majoliques de Musees Nationaux', (Paris, 1974), p.39 cat.143.