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Plate, a leaping hare amidst foliage

San Quirico d'Orcia, perhaps; Toscana (Tuscany), c. 1700 - 1750

23.2cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

The glaze on this plate is tinted turquoise-green. The potter Alan Caiger-Smith considers this was probably achieved by mixing copper carbonate into the glaze.

Pieces similarly decorated and painted on a comparable turquoise-greenish glaze have been attributed to the Chigi-family-sponsored workshop at S. Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany. See M. Anselmi Zondadari et al., Ceramica chigiana a San Quirico, exhib. cat., San Quirico and Siena 1996-7, nos 66-70, implying a date range from about 1690 to 1730.

Provenance uncertain.  WA.OA97

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