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Dish with a ring of winged and unwinged boys dancing

Urbino, probably, c. 1530 - 1540

27.9 cm (diameter); cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Another example of a maiolica painting based on an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi, after a design by Raphael [see illustration]. The elegant architectural background also echoes Raphael. The accomplished painter of this dish has not been identified; the style somewhat resembles Urbino work of around 1530, but the yellow and orange rings on the reverse are difficult to parallel in Urbino products. The ceramic artist Marino Moretti (2007) has expressed doubt as to whether this is tin-glazed or painted on slip under a transparent glaze.

Like many pieces of istoriato maiolica, this piece was once displayed in a frame, a common practice from the 17th to the 19th century (see S. Higgott, “Sir Richard Wallace’s maiolica. Sources and display”, Journal of the History of Collections 15 (2003), no. 1, pp. 59-82); the edge and foot have been cut away to fit it in a frame.

Presented by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1896.  WA1896.CDEF.C486

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