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Giovanni Della Robbia (1469–1529), a sculptor and ceramist from Florence, is the creator of this vase. Dated c. 1500–1520, it is now in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [1].

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Della Robbia vase with two dolphin handles decorated in blue glaze with traces of gilding. Into the mouth fits a posy of modelled flowers, fruit, vegetables and two frogs, decorated naturalistically in coloured glazes.
Earthenware, moulded and tin-glazed on the exterior and the interior of the neck; the interior and base unglazed. Glaze colours: lavender-blue with traces of gilding; the posies are green, yellowish-green, yellow, brown, manganese-purple, white, and brownish-black.
The vase stands on a circular moulded foot. The lower part of the body is gadrooned, a band of interlace ornament encircles the widest part, and the neck and shoulders are decorated with scales. The lip is moulded and slightly everted. On each side there is a dolphin handle, the head attached to the shoulder and the tail to the rim. Into the mouth of the vase fits a posy of modelled flowers, fruit and vegetables, amid which on are two frogs  and a snail [1].

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The snail is very stylised, but is clearly a dextral specimen. It is probably modeled after a Helix species.

Note:
[1] FWC, inv. C.92.1 & A-1961. http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/48200.

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