ashmolean

Maiolica Collection

Browse Collection

29 of 168

First Object

Previous Object

Return to
Introduction

Return to
Gallery

Return to
All Online Collections

Next Object

Last Object

Click to hide image

Dish with the head of a warrior

Deruta, c. 1510

39 cm (height); cm (height)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica); bianco sopra bianco

The helmeted warrior is intended to be in the ancient Roman manner. Round the centre, the decoration is executed in white on the slightly off-white glaze, a technique called bianco sopra bianco. The “petal-back” decoration on the reverse is characteristic of unlustred pieces from Deruta in the first quarter of the 16th century; oddly enough, it never seems to occur on lustreware. The dish has a raised ring round the centre, designed to hold an accompanying ewer.

Presented by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1888.  WA1888.CDEF.C407

Other Images

Click to hide image