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  • Place of origin:

    Deruta (made)

  • Date:

    1520-30 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 10, shelf 2

This beautifully painted dish belongs to a group of works painted in near-monochrome blue, sometimes with lustre. Two of these dishes are marked on the back with the letters Co, probably the mark of the Deruta potter called Nicola Francioli, known as Co. This accomplished master was also probably the painter of the floor tiles that once adorned the church of S. Francesco in Deruta.
The decoration of this bowl, with spaces left blank by the potter, may suggest that it was meant to receive an additional lustre decoration and a third firing.

Physical description

painted in blue only. In the middle a naked boy holding a sail on a galloping horse; on the rim a symmetrical design of scrolls ending in dolphins heads and flowers. and a medallion bust of a Roman emperor. On the back of the rim, intersecting pointed petal-motives.

Place of Origin

Deruta (made)


1520-30 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Diameter: 22.5 cm

Descriptive line

Broad-rimmed bowl painted in blue with a naked boy holding a sail on a galloping horse, Deruta, probably painted by Nicola Francioli called Co, 1520-30, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian maiolica. London : H.M.S.O., 1977.
Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Production Note

Attributed on stylistic grounds to Nicola Francioli known as Co, the talented painter previously known as 'The master of the Diruta plate'

Subjects depicted

Horses (animals)


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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