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  • Place of origin:

    Urbania (possibly, made)
    Urbino (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case P1, shelf 2

Physical description

Dish on low foot, painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange, black and opaque white, with a bust of a lady, three-quarters left, waring a hat and round her neck a chain; inscribed: 'ILENA BELLA'. The background particoloured yellow and blue.

Place of Origin

Urbania (possibly, made)
Urbino (possibly, made)


ca. 1540 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Italian. Painted on the front.


Diameter: 22 cm

Object history note

Formerly Bernal Collection.

Descriptive line

Dish on low foot depicting portrait of a lady with inscription 'ILENA BELLA', made in Castel Durante or Urbino, about 1540, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian maiolica. London : H.M.S.O., 1977, Cat. No. 588.

Labels and date

Dish depicting portrait of a lady
Made in Castel Durante or Urbino about 1540
Inscription: ELENA BELLA
Tin-glazed earthenware

1687-1855 Formerly Bernal Collection [16/07/2008]

Production Note

J mallet, 05/99
Look through Ballardini corpus for dating. Perhaps this is later. Blue, green, yellow, orange, brown and blackish blue and white higlights.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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