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  • Place of origin:

    Faenza (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • 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, yellow, copper green, dark red, opaque white. In the middle, within a border of sprigs, a hound sleeping in a landscape with the words SVM FVI ERO inscribed on a scroll above him. On the rim, two sheets of music alternating with two wreaths enclosing shields, amongst a symmetrical design of winged masks, dolphins, cherubs, open books and scrollwork. The shields are charged - one, with the arms of Martellini, of Florence - Gules a falcon proper perched on a mount of six summits or debruised by a bend (azure), the other, Or a lion rampant azure debruised by three bars gules. On the back, four sketchy floral sprays alternating with knots and the 'fire-wheel' of the Casa Pirota through which, before the firing of the enamel, a B has been scratched to the underlying body.

Place of Origin

Faenza (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

Incised in glaze before firing. In Gothic script on the back

Sketchy floral sprays, fire-wheel of Casa Pirota
Incised in glaze before firing, on the back



Diameter: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Plate depicting a hound sleeping in landscape with words 'SVM FVI ERO', shields, masks, and dolphins on rim, made in Faenza, 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

Plate depicting the arms of Martellini, of Florence and an unidentified coat of arms.
Made in Faenza, Italy
Inscription: 'SVM FVI ERO' [....] Mark: a crossed circle with a smaller circle inside and 'B' incised in the glaze before firing
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.2098-1910 Salting Bequest [16/07/2008]

Production Note

The method of marking (inscribed in glaze before firing) is close to that of Rackham 282.

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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