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Cup with the Madonna of Loreto

Loreto, 1720

13.3cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

"Bowl made from the dust off the walls and the water from the Holy Bowls of the Blessed Virgin mary of the beloved House of Loreto. In Picanum (ie the region) in the year 1720." Sales labels '101' and 'Bruun Rasmussen Kunstauktioner' 77/02/42'.

This bowl, like no. 178, is from the shrine at Loreto. The inscription reads: Scutella confecta ex Pulvere Parietum et Aqua Sagrarum Scutellarum B.V.M. Alme Domus Lauretanae in Piceno anno 1720 (bowl made from the dust from the walls and the water from the Holy Bowls of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy House of Loreto in the Piceno district, 1720). Piceno here seems to refer to the whole coastal part of the southern Marche region of Italy which contains not only the city of Ascoli Piceno but also Loreto itself.

A bowl of the same type and also dated 1720, painted in the style of the Grue family of Castelli, was sold by Sothebys, London, 26 April 1983, lot 74.

Presented by Timothy Wilson, 2005.  WA2005.130