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Dish with a bacchanale

Urbino, probably, c. 1550 - 1580

30.8 cm (diameter); cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Inscribed on the reverse, Triofe di baccho. (The triumph of Bacchus). The moulded dish has on the reverse crisp, angular gadroons. The Roman god of wine, Bacchus was often depicted in Classical and Renaissance art engaging in drunken and lecherous revelry.

The source of the design has been identified (1997) by Anne Lauder as an etching by Battista Franco, Bartsch XVI, p. 133, no. 41.

Bequeathed by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1899.  WA1899.CDEF.C509a

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