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  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (made)
    Lodi (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 3, case CA13

During the eighteenth century, potters working in the Italian tradition of tin-glazed earthenware had to compete with porcelain, this most fashionable new material. They made their wares thinner and adopted porcelain shapes.
This plate, made in Lombardy, northern Italy, has a sketchily drawn, vivid depiction of oriental figures an animals amongst trees. The figures and trees are spread out evenly accost the surface very much like a pattern on painted wallpaper or textiles.

Physical description

Polychrome maiolica plate depicting a Turkish woman standing, two seated Chinamen, a lynx and a bird amongst trees.

Place of Origin

Lombardy (made)
Lodi (possibly, made)


ca. 1740 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Diameter: 23.5 cm

Object history note

Purchase price note: Bought for 8s.

Descriptive line

Plate depicting a Turkish woman standing, two seated Chinamen, a lynx and a bird, made in Lombardy (Italy), 1740-50, tin-glazed earthenware

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

F. Ferrari, La Ceramica di Lodi, Lodi, 2003, p. 168 cat. 98, for a similar dish with similar decoration depicting a man in Turkish costume in a private collection in Lodi.

Labels and date

Plate with a woman in Turkish dress
About 1740

This plate combines turquerie and chinoiserie elements. The woman wears a loose approximation of Turkish dress but is flanked by two seated ‘Chinese’ figures. European artists were often indifferent to, or ignorant of, Asian geography, and frequently combined features from China, Japan, India and the Middle East.

Italy (Lombardy)
Tin-glazed earthenware, painted
Made in Italy 1750-60
Tin-glazed earthenware

385-1869 [16/07/2008]

Production Note




Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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