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Plaque

Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Deruta (probably, made)

  • Date:

    14/07/1501 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with lustre decoration

  • Museum number:

    2601-1856

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 4, shelf 1

This famous relief panel, dated 1501, is the earliest example of Italian lustreware.
By this date the small towns of Deruta and Gubbio in central Italy were both experimenting with lustre. They would become centres of production specialised in this difficult technique, which was attempted elsewhere in Italy, but not with very successful results.
Particularly at Deruta a golden-yellow variety of lustre was widely produced during the first half of the 15th century. Wares were simply decorated with blue, with some areas left blank for the application of lustre after the second firing.
The same decoration is visible on this panel, also painted with touched of red lustre, used more rarely at Deruta.
This piece was probably hanged in a home or small chapel and used for private devotion; Saint Sebastian was particularly venerated during the Renaissance as thought to protect against the plague.

Physical description

Plaque with depiction in relief with Saint Sebastian.

Place of Origin

Deruta (probably, made)

Date

14/07/1501 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with lustre decoration

Marks and inscriptions

ADI 14 DE LUGLIO 1501
Anno Domini 14th of July 1501

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm, Width: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Lustred plaque moulded with a figure of Saint Sebastian; probably made in Deruta, Italy, dated 1501

Production Note

Possibly made in Gubbio

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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