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Dish with a scene from Aesop's Fables

Deruta, probably, c. 1490 - 1510

23.4 cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica); lustred

The scene represented is from Aesop's Fables: a hawk, foreseeing sport, tries unsuccessfully to convince the capon to be glad that their master is approaching; the capon, with a justified fear of being killed and eaten, disagrees and flees. The subject is taken from a woodcut in an edition of Aesop published in Naples in 1485. The inscription VENTVRA DIO probably means “Fortune is in the hands of God”.

Bequeathed by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1899.  WA1899.CDEF.C425

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