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  • Place of origin:

    Faenza (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1534 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted with colours

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 27, shelf 2

The initials BM on the back of this dish are those of Baldassarre Manara, the most famous istoriato painter from Faenza. He is documented in the city from 1526 to his death around 1547.
The unusual decoration of this dish, with three coat of arms, recurs on another plate which also has the name F ATHANASIUS inscribed on the back; this is likely to be the name of the first owner of the two dishes, which were probably part of a large dinner service.

Physical description

Plate depicting Narcissus at the fountain in a flowery meadow, around the pool, two lambs, Cupid and a dog.

Place of Origin

Faenza (probably, made)


1534 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted with colours

Marks and inscriptions

Signature painted on the back in the middle

Signature painted on the back in the middle


Diameter: 22.5 cm

Object history note

Jermyn Street Collection

Descriptive line

Plate depicting Narcissus at the fountain (Ovid, Metamorphoses, III), painted in Faenza by Baldassarre Manara, dated 1534, tin-glazed earthenware

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

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

Labels and date

Plate depicting Narcissus at the fountain (Ovid, Metamorphoses, III)
Probably made in Deruta dated 1534
Inscription: 'MDXXXIIII F. ATHANASIVS ' and B.M
Tin-glazed earthenware

4726-1901 Jermyn Street Collection [16/07/2008]

Production Note

J.V.G. mallet, 25-04-03
Cfr. Ravanelli Guidotti 1996, cat.no. 2, pp 112-4 with discussion and details (figs13 a, 15 a etc.).
Compare to British Museum piece with same coats-of-arms. Marked on the back ATHANASIUS B M. B.M. Franks Coll. 1855,3,13,13, formerly Pasolini collection.


Earthenware; Tin glaze



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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