The Frick Collection has continued to expand its holdings in the decades following Henry Clay Frick's death in 1919. Since then, approximately one-third of the Collection's paintings and several important sculptures and decorative art objects have been acquired.
Bernard Palissy (ca. 1510–1590) Ewer, Saint-porchaire ware, ca. 1545–65
Purchased through the Sidney R. Knafel Fund, 2015 (2015.9.01)
Since the mid-nineteenth century, Renaissance Italian bronze statuettes, maiolica wares, Limoges enamels, and French sixteenth-century ceramics belonged to the category of objects that every serious art collector in Europe hoped to own, their value and association with royal and noble provenance bestowing upon their owners an aura of cultivation and taste. The greatest collections were assembled by Sir Richard Wallace, George Salting, Frederic Spitzer, and several members of the Rothschild family, among others. MORE »