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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Ferrara (town) (probably, made)

  • Date:

    about 1470-1490 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Incised slipware

  • Museum number:

    6669-1860

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case L1, shelf 1

The decoration is scratched through a surface coating of white slip, laid over the darker clay body of the earthenware. In this manner, the decoration stands out as dark lines on a pale background. The decoration is then highlighted with metallic oxides to produce the green and brownish-yellow colours. Finally, the dish is covered with a transparent lead glaze and then fired again in the kiln. It is at this point that the painted coloured oxides would run in the glaze causing the variegated effect you see here.

Incised slipware was a predominantly northern Italian tradition. The abundant, dark-red local clay was used to optimum decorative advantage, when contrasted with fine white clay which could be obtained from Vicenza. Two notable centres of production were Bologna and Ferrara, where the court demanded wares of the highest quality.

Large dishes like this were used for bringing food to the table and serving, as well as for display. Contemporary illustrations, show servants carrying large dishes covered by a second dish, which served as a cover to keep the food hot.

Physical description

Red earthenware dish covered with white slip and with incised decoration of the myth of Diana and Acteon. The whole painted with oxides (copper green, managnese purple and brownish yellow) and covered with a clear glaze.

Place of Origin

Ferrara (town) (probably, made)

Date

about 1470-1490 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Incised slipware

Dimensions

Diameter: 48 cm

Object history note

Purchase: Montferrand Collection.

Descriptive line

Red earthenware covered with white slip and with incised decoration of the myth of Diana and Acteon. The whole painted with oxides and covered with a clear glaze. Italian (Ferrara), about 1470 to 1490.

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian maiolica. London : H.M.S.O., 1977.
Nepoti, S., Ceramiche Graffite della donazione Donini Baer, Faenza (Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza) 1991, cats. 40-49
Honey, W.B., 'Bologna Pottery of the Renaissance Period', The Burlington Magazine, vol.48, no.278 (May 1926), pp.224-235
Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Labels and date

Dish '
' depicting Diana and Actaeon
Probably made in Ferrara about 1470
Incised slipware

6669-1860 Montferrand Collection [16/07/2008]
Display dish depicting the myth of Diana and Acteon
Red earthenware covered with white slip, painted with oxides and covered with a clear glaze
Italian (Ferrara), about 1470 to 1490. [2010 (TAB)]

Production Note

J Mallet
Ferrara, about 1470. Sgraffito large plate, with brown, green and manganese glaze.

Materials

Earthenware

Categories

Ceramics; Maiolica

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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