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Dish with a saint reading

Andreoli Maestro Giorgio, workshop of

Gubbio, 1520

32.2 cm (diameter); cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica); lustred

The pale blue drawing and deep red lustre of this delicately painted little bowl are characteristic of a group of superb-quality works made in Giorgio's workshop around 1520. A similar piece with the same date, now in the Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House, Blackheath, was perhaps part of the same set; another, with the same date, was sold by Picard, Audap, Solanet, et Associés, Paris (Hôtel Drouot), 23 May 1997, lot 149; a fourth, undated, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The painting may be attributed to the painter known as the "Painter of the Judgement of Paris", from a celebrated plate now in the Dutuit Collection, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.

The inscription reads ama idio com Tutto el co (Love God with all your heart); the identity of the saint, if a specific one is intended, is unclear; St Jerome is a possibility.

Bequeathed by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1899.  WA1899.CDEF.C430

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