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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1883 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castellani, Torquato, born 1846 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, tin-glazed and painted with enamel colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 36, shelf 4

Physical description

Eartenware dish painted with a 3/4 profile portrait ofthe British Designer and architect Owen Jones against a green, patterned background in the centre, the rim decoration with crowns, strawberries, flowers and scrolling leaves against a blue background. The reverse painted with circles, zig-zags etc. in green, blue and yellow in the manner of 16th C. Gubbio maiolica.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


1883 (made)


Castellani, Torquato, born 1846 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, tin-glazed and painted with enamel colours

Marks and inscriptions

'Owen Jones Principe dell'ornamente', a cross and 'Fatto in Bottega di Maestro Torquato Castellani Roma Aprile 1883'


Diameter: 45.8 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Torquato Castellani (1846-after 1889) was a grandson of the goldsmith Fortunato Pio Castellani and son of Alessandro, a collector of ceramics whose collection was sold in 1884. Torquato produced ceramics with decoration based on renaissance Italian maiolica techniques and styles but he also made original work. He had workshops in Rome and Pesaro and is known to have visited Paris and London. He made large architectural ceramics for the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin. Owen Jones (1809-74), the subject of the decoration on this dish, was a designer himself and also the compiler, author and printer of many handbooks on historic architectural designs and patterns, the most celebrated of which are the 'Plans, Details and Sections of the Alhambra' (1836-45) and 'The Grammar of Ornament' (1856). Jones was joint architect (with Joseph Paxton) of the 'Crystal Palace', the building of glass and cast iron for the Great Exhibition of All Nations, London, 1851

Descriptive line

Dish of earthenware, decoraed with a portrait of Owen Jones, hand-painted enamels, made by Torwuato Castellani, Italy, c.1883.


Earthenware; Tin glaze; Enamel




Ceramics; Earthenware; Enamels


Ceramics Collection

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