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  • Place of origin:

    Urbino (made)

  • Date:

    1535 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durantino, Guido (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr R. J. Dyson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, case 12

This piece belongs to a now widely dispersed service of istoriato maiolica made in Urbino for the Grand Master of France Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567) in 1535.
There are around 20 known pieces belonging to this service; plates of different sizes and shapes, candlesticks and a flask. All the pieces depict classical mythology and include Anne de Montmorency coat of arms in a slightly inaccurate rendering........
Montmorency was the greatest private art patron of the French Renaissance.
No documentation has come to light about the commission of this service, but it is likely that it was a diplomatic gift from Italy to one of the most influential men at the French court.

Most of the pieces from the set are inscribed on the back with the name of the workshop in which they were made that of Guido Durantino in Urbino in 1535.
Guido, who later took the name of Fontana, was head of one of the most prolific workshops in Urbino from the 1530s and he employed some of the best istoriato painters available. Although the handwriting on the inscriptions belongs to the same person, there are significant stylistic differences among the various pieces which perhaps suggests more than one painter worked on the set.

Place of Origin

Urbino (made)


1535 (dated)


Durantino, Guido (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

'Guerre at tribulatini [sic]/ de Troiani Terreste e / Maritimo: Ovi: Meta: / In botega de Maestro Guido / Durantino in Urbino 1535'
Wars and tribulations of the Trojans by land and sea
Painted on the back.


Diameter: 30.5 cm, Depth: 4.5 cm

Object history note

Formerly on loan, No.1 Compare Rackham, Catalogue, No. 626

Descriptive line

Dish depicting a scene from the Trojan war with Montmorency arms, made in Urbino, Italy, dated 1535, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Mallet , J.V.G. In botega di Maestro Guido Durantino in Urbino. Burlington Magazine. CXXIX, 1987. 129 and appendix (cat. 15).
Brody, M.J. Istoriato Maiolica with the Arms of Giacomo Nordi, Bishop of Urbino, 1523-1540. [Masters Thesis, Cooper-Hewitt New York 1998]. pp.45-46.

Labels and date

Dish depicting a scene from the Trojan war with Montmorency arms
Made in Urbino, Italy dated 1535
Inscription: 'Guerre at tribulatini [sic]/ de Troiani Terreste e/ Maritimo: Ovi: Meta:/ In botega de Maestro Guido/ Durantino in Urbino 1535'
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.28-1943 Bequeathed by Mr R.J. Dyson

[Wars and tribulations of the Trojans by land and sea] [16/07/2008]

Production Note

1) See Dedalo , II, 1921-2 pp. 528-531. A. del Vita, "Raccolte italiane di Maiolica, I La Raccolta Frassinato." Coll. Conte Massimo di Frassinato, Florence.
2) See J.V.G. Mallet "In Bottega di Maestro Guido Durantino in Urbino", Burlington Magazine Jan. 1987, and Appendix (Cat. 15).
3) For other pieces of the Montmorency Service see Rackham, Cat. Nos. 626 and 627.

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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