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  • Place of origin:

    Naples (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giustiniani, Nicola (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 42, shelf 7

Physical description

Centrepiece, in the form of a shell supported by a tree-trunk, in front are figures of Bacchus and Ariadne, the former standing, the latter seated. Painted in blue, yellow, brownish orange, pale olive green, grey and dark manganese purple. Inside the shell, in a panel, Venus sitting by a stream with her arms round Cupid who stands beside her.

Place of Origin

Naples (possibly, made)


1800-1815 (made)


Giustiniani, Nicola (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 41 cm, Width: 31.5 cm

Object history note

Purchase price note: Bought for £9 9s.

Descriptive line

Centrepiece in the form of a shell supported by tree-trunk, with figures of Bacchus and Ariadne, tin-glazed earthenware, made in Italy, possibly Naples, 1800-1815

Labels and date

Made in Italy
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.112-1930 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

A similar group (without the dish) in possession of Signore Luciano Agorli of Milan, 1959 (Photo in Dep), together with another and probably earlier group of Pan leading a youth to play the syrinse.
The above are illustrated in G. Donatone, La Maiolica Napoletana del Settecento, 1980, Tav.43-44 and by 'Nicola Giustiniani (?) Cerreto Sannita 1737 - Napoli 1815'. When Donatone saw it (1982) he thought it early C19, Naples, by N. Giustiniani


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Tin glazing

Subjects depicted

Trees; Shells


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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