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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1540-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, The Foyle Foundation Gallery, case 15

Leaves and fruit sprout artfully to provide ears and a beard for a satyr's head. This fusion of a human face with vegetable motifs can be found in paintings and architectural decoration but rarely on ceramics. The vegetable designs were regarded as 'truly Venetian and very pretty things'.

Physical description

Tin-glazed earthenware plate decorated in colours with a mask and fruit leaves.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


1540-1550 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

A mask with fruit leaves (recto), sketch of a woman (verso).


Diameter: 45.5 cm, Depth: 6.6 cm

Descriptive line

Dish with a satyr head, fruit and foliage; made in Venice, circa 1540

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bayer, Andrea and Sarah Cartwright, Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.


Tin-glazed earthenware

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Fruit


Earthenware; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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