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  • Place of origin:

    Deruta (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1520-40 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 12, shelf 2

This type of large dishes called piatti da pompa were produced in Deruta for most of the 16th century. They often show idealised portraits of women, inspired by the paintings of Perugino and Pinturicchio. These dishes commonly have scrolls with moralising inscriptions and proverbs, in Latin or Italian. This beautifully painted dish might have been given to a girl called 'Susanna' (the female name appearing on the scroll) as a present for her bethrothal or wedding.

Physical description

Dish for a ewer depicting a portrait of a lady in dress of the period, inscription: 'SVANNA BELLA PV' (Beautiful and pure Susanna).

Place of Origin

Deruta (probably, made)


ca. 1520-40 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

Beautiful and pure Susanna
Italian. Painted in Roman script on a scroll. 'PV' has a paraph
F and four asterisks inscribed on the back

Maker's mark painted in Roman script on the back of the dish.


Diameter: 35 cm

Object history note

Missing after the war 51/2168. Found.

Descriptive line

Dish for a ewer depicting a lady in dress of the period, 'SVANNA BELLA PV' on scroll, probably made in Deruta, about 1515, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian maiolica. London : H.M.S.O., 1977, cat. 422

Labels and date

Dish depicting Portrait of a lady in dress of the period
Probably made in Deruta, Italy About 1520-40
Inscription: 'SV(S)ANNA BELLA PV' (Beautiful and pure Susanna)

Tin-glazed earthenware

4078-1857 [16/07/2008]


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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