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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (north-eastern, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1475 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Incised slipware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case L1, shelf 4

Physical description

Inkstand in the form of a group of St. George and the Dragon, with incised decoration under a manganese purple glaze. St. George, in armour of the period with a short cape hanging from his shoulders and a shield on his left arm, is mounted on a horse armed with peytrel and croupiere decorated with sprays and rosettes. He has his sword raised to strike the dragon, which lies at the horse's feet on the six-sided pedestal supporting the group. At the rear corners of the pedestal are a candle-socket and a globular vase for ink. The pedestal, which is decorated round its sides with flowers on a wavy stem, is hollow and has semi-circular openings into two receptacles into whicht it is divided.

Place of Origin

Italy (north-eastern, made)


ca. 1475 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Incised slipware


Height: 38.5 cm, Length: 30.5 cm

Historical context note

Rackham says this is 'of uncertain origin' and dates it to around 1480.
A somwhat similar inkstand, minus a dragon is illustrated in the Po catalogue (see Refs.). It is stated to be Ferrara or Romagna (Imola?) and dated to the second half or end of the 15th century. It is in the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Rimini but its provenance is unknown. It is incised slipware painted in green and brown.

Descriptive line

Inkstand in the form of St George slaying the dragon. Buff earthenware with decoration incised and stamped into the clay body. The whole covered with a thick manganese-purple glaze. Italy, possibly Ferrara, about 1475

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

Bojani, G.C., C. Ravanelli Guidotti and A. Fanfani. La donazione Galeazzo Cora: ceramiche dal medioevo al XIX secolo. Milano, 1985. No. 162, 76 p.
Liverani, G. Di un Calamaio Quattrocento al Museo Cluny. Faenza. 1975, 1-3. 7 p. ff.
Eikelmann, R. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. Munich, 2000. pp.116-117.
Rackham, Bernard, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1977
Magnani, Romolo and Michelangelo Munarini, La ceramic graffita del Rinascimento tra Po, Adige e Oglio, exhibition catalogue, Rever, 1998

Labels and date

Inkstand '
' depicting St. George and the dragon
Made in north-eastern, Italy about 1475
Incised slipware


At the rear corners of the pedestal are a candle-socket and a vase for ink. Inside the base, which has two openings, is space for writing utensils. [16/07/2008]
Inkstand in the form of St George slaying the dragon
The decoration is stamped and incised into the clay body and then covered with a thick manganese-purple glaze
Italy, possibly Ferrara, about 1475 [2010 (TAB)]



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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