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Plate with Abraham and the Angels; on the reverse, arms of Lancierini
Durantino (alias Fontana) Guido
Urbino, c. 1550
48 cm (width); 22.5 cm (depth); cm (depth); cm (width)
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
On the reverse are yellow rings and, in blue: Tresviditet unû Adoravit (he saw three and adored one) around a shield of arms of Lancierini.
From the same set as plate LI192.4 and WA1899.CDEF.C44 with a vision of the infant Octavian. The subject is Abraham welcoming three angels (Genesis, chapter 18); the text refers to the interpretation of the three men as an emblem of the Trinity. A 19th-century label on the reverse intriguingly but erroneously identifies the subject as Joseph of Arimathea.
Lent from a private collection. LI192.4