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  • Place of origin:

    Deruta (made)

  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Mancini, Giacomo (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted with colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 12, shelf 3

Among the most popular designs on large Deruta dishes of this kind are single figures of horsemen, either Western lancers, such as this one, or, Turkish ones. This type of plate may have formed a pair with an Ottoman rider proceeding in the opposite direction.

Physical description

A lancer mounted on a horse gallops to the right.
The rim is divided by radial stripes into six panels filled with different decorations.
Colours orange, green, yellow and blue.
Greenish lead-glaze on the back; a capital letter or symbol in the middle of the foot.

J Mallet
suspension holes and pierced. badly broken, not restored. grey shadows on horse.

Place of Origin

Deruta (made)




Mancini, Giacomo (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted with colours

Marks and inscriptions

'V' with a paraph
Maker's mark painted in Roman script on the underside of the dish.


Diameter: 39 cm

Object history note

Delange Collection, Paris.

Descriptive line

Dish depicting a man carrying a spear on a horse, possibly made in Mancini workshop, Deruta, Italy, mid 16th century, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Poole, J.E. Italian maiolica and incised slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Cambridge, 1995.
Fiocco, Carola and Gabriella Gherardi. La ceramica di Deruta dal XIII al XVIII secolo. Perugia : Volumnia, 1994. pp.179-180.
Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Production Note

Giulio Busti from the Deruta Museum suggested this dating (2009)

Subjects depicted

Horse; Spears (weapons); Horses (animals)


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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