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Italian Renaissance Ceramics

Maiolica ceramics was first developed around 1370 in the Italian regions of Tuscany and Umbria with a refined , white glaze which occurred due to the presence of tin oxide, causing a fine white ash.
One of the most appealing styles of pottery ever produced, the tin-glazed pottery was made in Italy during the Renaissance (1300-1700). The early designs dated between 1440 and 1540 were influenced by the pottery imported from Islamic North Africa.
After the first firing, the bisque is dipped into a bath of fast drying liquid glaze. When dry, the glazed piece is ready to be hand painted. A final firing at a high temperature about 1690 F makes the glaze interact with the metal oxides in the paint to create brilliant translucent colors.
Dish with The Story of Semiramis
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Pitcher

Made in Rome, Italy

Jug

Made in probably Orvieto, Umbria, Italy

Dish with Lion

Made in Tuscany, Italy

Tile

Made in probably Orvieto, Italy

Dish

Made in Orvieto, Italy

Dish with Rampant Lions

Made in Orvieto, Italy

Dish

Development of this type of European ceramic was to some degree spurred by the introduction of glazed wares from the Islamic world, which, in turn, echoed the colored glazes of China. Until the introduction of ... more

Jug

Made in Orvieto ?, Italy

Pitcher

Made in Orvieto, Italy

Jug

Made in Todi, Italy

Two-Handled Jar with Lions' Heads

This jar, made early in the fifteenth century, includes bold relief ornament of pine cones or grapes and impressive lion masks. It may have been made near Florence, or further south near the towns of Viterbo or... more

Jug

Made in Todi, Italy

Jug with Figure in Profile

By the 1500s Italian maiolica makers would famously use the surface of their wares to depict complex narrative scenes, but this jug, with its confident half-length depiction of a man, represents an early foray ... more

Large Dish

A rare showpiece of early Florentine maiolica, this large cotino, or basin, depicts a mounted cavalier—a favorite motif on chests, tapestries, and other decorative arts of the time. Smaller cotini were used as ... more

Pharmacy Jar

The ivy-leaf pattern is derived from Valencian lusterware, which was imported into Tuscany in large quantities during the 1400s. Italian potters, who at the time had not yet learned how to produce the sheen of ... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Pharmacy jar

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Albarello

Possibly by Vincenzo di Marco

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Globular jar

Style of Domenico Veneziano (Italian, active by 1438–died 1461 Florence)

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Vase

Giovanni della Robbia (Italian, Florence 1469–1529/30 Florence)

Globular vase

Style of Domenico Veneziano (Italian, active by 1438–died 1461 Florence)

Dish

Probably by Orazio Fontana (Italian, Urbino, ca. 1510–1576)

Storage jar (albarello)

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Double-spouted pitcher with arms of the Antinori family

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Bowl with the Arms of Pope Julius II and the Manzoli of Bologna surrounded by putti, cornucopiae, satyrs, dolphins, birds, etc.

This splendid bowl is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful pieces of majolica ever made. It is profusely decorated with the antique-inspired grotteschi that became popular in the early sixteenth centur... more

Dish (coppa)

workshop of Giovanni Maria Vasaro (Italian (Castel Durante), active early 16th century)

One-handled storage jar (albarello)

The single-handled form is uncommon, and each of the dozen known examples is decorated with the same palette and winged cherub design. This suggests that they were commissioned together as a single pharmacy series.

Dish with profile of a woman with Petrarchan verse

The Umbrian town of Deruta was an important center of maiolica production and was particularly famous for its display plates—especially those bearing images of lovely women. Here, confident lines describe a gra... more

Roundel (tondo)

Regarded as one of the most beautiful pieces of maiolica (a refined tin-glazed pottery) ever made, this bowl is splendidly decorated with symbols of papal authority, such as keys and the tiara, and personal ref... more

Albarello

Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often i... more

Dish (coppa): The story of Aeneas: Queen Dido of Carthage welcomes Aeneas and his son.

possibly workshop of Giovanni Maria Vasaro (Italian (Castel Durante), active early 16th century)

Ewer

Against a background of deep blue, the warm ocher-colored ornament consists of monstrous sea creatures, scrolling vines, and musical instruments. A pair of portraits, enclosed within heraldic frames, may indica... more

Dish with the Incredulity of St. Thomas

The scene depicted on this dish is usually called the Incredulity of Saint Thomas, a frequently illustrated event from the Gospels in which Christ shows the wound in his side to Thomas, the doubting apostle, wh... more

Shallow bowl with a bearded saint

Workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)

Shallow bowl with The Suicide of Dido

The figure is adapted from an engraving, The Death of Lucretia, by Marcantonio Raimondi (1480-1530) after Raphael. Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)

Wide-rimmed bowl with Perseus and Andromeda

At the center of this bowl, Perseus appears with the head of Medusa, whom he has killed. The hero reappears on the bowl's rim, arriving on a puff of cloud to free Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus, who holds... more

Plate with The Lover Tormented

Probably workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)

Armorial bowl

Workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)