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  • Place of origin:

    Pesaro (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1489 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted with colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case EXP

This plaque may have been set into a wall of a house as an aid to personal devotion and prayer.
Devotional maiolica plaques were made in several centres in Italy from the third quarter of the 15th century, this very rare dated example, is one of the earliest known to us.

Plaques were either painted, like this one, or moulded from sculptural prototypes; the original design for this plaque remains unknown; maybe the source was a devotional woodcut.
Stylistic features and the colours, particularly the presence of a bright orange and green, lead us to believe that the plaque was produced in Pesaro, were excavated fragments with similar decoration have been found.

Physical description

Panel with moulded border with the Virgin and Child, painted in blue, orange, green and purple.
The Virgin is shown seated on a bench, with the Child on her lap holding a cross on a globe.

Place of Origin

Pesaro (probably, made)


1489 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted with colours


Height: 47 cm, Width: 35.5 cm, Depth: 4.2 cm

Descriptive line

Plaque, tin-glazed earthenware, Virgin and Child, probably Pesaro, dated 1489

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

Cecchetti, A. Targhe devozionali dell'Emilia Romagna, Faenza 1984

Labels and date

Right-hand wall
The Virgin and Child
Italy, probably Pesaro. Dated 1489

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Museum no. 490-1864 [2009]






Ceramics Collection

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