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  • Place of origin:

    Faenza (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 41, shelf 4

Physical description

Plate, painted in dark blue, opaque white, yellow, orange, copper green and dark red. In the middle, in a medallion with a border of beads, are three men in a classical dress - a priest with a patera, a flute-player, and another sacrificing a pig at an altar between two trees, below, the initials C P. On the rim in reserve heightened in white on a dark blue ground, a symmetrical repeating design of winged masks, pairs of dolphins and scrolls. On the back, four sketchy flower motives separated by zigzag rays, and the 'fire-wheel' of the Casa Pirota, also the initials BP scratched through the enamel to the body before the firing of the enamel.

Place of Origin

Faenza (made)


ca. 1530 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

Signature Incised before firing. In Gothic script on the back.

Sketchy flower motif, and fire-wheel of Casa Pirota
Painted in blue on back



Diameter: 24 cm

Object history note

Castellani Collection. Castellani Sale, Christie's, 12 May 1871, Lot 112, B.F.A.C. Cat., 1887, no. 192.

Descriptive line

Plate depicting three men in classical dress, initial C P, on the rim masks, dolphins and scrolls, made in Faenza, about 1530, tin-glazed earthenware

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 Faenza, Italy About 1530
Incription: 'C P' Mark: a crossed circle with a smaller circle inside, painted in blue and 'BP' incised in the glaze before firing
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.2096-1910 Salting Bequest [16/07/2008]

Production Note

The method of marking (inscribed in glaze before firing) is close to that of Rackham 284.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Glazed; Painted


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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