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The rape of Proserpine

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Fabriano (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1527 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 40, shelf 3

Physical description

Plate (Tondino) of tin-glazed earthenware, painted in dark green and yellow with the subject of the rape of Proserpine, adapted from a wood-cut in the Venetian edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses of 1497. In the sunk centre is a figure of Cupid flying and drawing his bow. On the rim in the foreground are represented Pluto and Proserpine mounting a two-horsed chariot and Ceres in front. To the left is Charon crossing the Styx; beyond are flaming buildings representing Hades. The back is painted with scrolled foliage in blue.

Place of Origin

Fabriano (made)


ca. 1527 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

V crossed by a paraph
Maker's mark painted on the back.


Diameter: 27 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street, London.

Descriptive line

Plate (Tondino), tin-glazed earthenware, painted with the subject of 'The rape of Proserpine', made in Fabriano, Italy, about 1527

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

Labels and date

Made in Fabriano about 1527
Mark: V crossed by a paraph
Tin-glazed earthenware

4721-1901 Jermyn Street Collection [16/07/2008]

Production Note

See letter from B.R. 4 August 1954 in which he doubts the attr. of 570 to Nicola P., also doubts the attr. to him of the Hermitage list. (Letter in Deft Copy J. F.Bildende, K. LXIII). For colour plate of obverse and l. and w. of reverse of the Hermitage Coppa (dated 1527) see Kube n. 68. Dated 1527 and signed.

J Mallet. 05/99
Yellow and blackish blue, about 1527. Thick white glaze in black and ?scrolls, bad flaking. Marked V crosse by paraph.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Chariots (ancient vehicles); Scrolling foliage


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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