This dish is painted in blue, ochre, yellow, and copper-green. The marli, in ochre, is decorated with paired cornucopias alternating with a footed cup. The motifs are joined together by foliated bands terminati... More
This dish is painted in gold lustre and in blue with a scale-pattern around the rim. In the center is the left profile bust of an unidentified Roman Emperor wearing a laurel wreath and facing a scroll inscribed... More
The arms painted in gold-colored luster and cobalt blue and held by the griffin in the center are those of Ercole Baglioni, the bishop of Orvieto. This dish is presumably from a maiolica service commissioned fo... More
The inscription translates "I entrust myself to you." The sharp profile, derived from Roman coins, was a favored format for portraiture during the 15th century.
The composition of this basin, with a female profile on the central boss and a six-part band of vegetal and geometric ornamentation, is typical of earthenware produced in Deruta during the early 16th century. T... More
Basins with central rounded bosses to secure ewers and low sides to hold the water poured into them were popular table and toiletry items during the early 16th century. The serpentine motif around the rim and t... More
The artist has created an idealized image of a beautiful young woman with jewelry and long flowing hair. She is surrounded by a scroll that translates: "As long as I live, I will love you, and after your death ... More
The glazed earthenware pottery made in Deruta was often painted with the gold luster that Italian artisans and patrons admired on pottery imported from Spain that was made by Muslim craftsmen.
This ewer-basin, probably made in Deruta, is painted in gold lustre and in blue. The marli is decorated with a peacock feather meander, the hollow with arabesques and rosettes. In the center, a group of trophie... More
The ornamentation is typical of Italian tin-glazed earthenware, or maiolica, made in the town of Deruta in the early 16th century. The motif of a heart topped with a coronet may allude to the vase's original r... More
Constantine was the first Christian Emperor of Rome; his dramatic conversion and military victories made him the ideal Christian soldier. He is shown in prayer, surrounded by an inscription that translates, "I ... More