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  • Place of origin:

    Pesaro (made)

  • Date:

    1552 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 40, shelf 5

Physical description

Dish with wide flattish well and vertical short rim, tin-glazed overall. A circular plate with a flat base, steep well and sloping rim. The underside does not have a foot-ring. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, black and manganese purple. Queen Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, taken captive by the Emperor Aurelian. She is near the front of a procession of male and female captives, led by men holding captured trophies. The Emperor Aurelian flows in the rear, carried on a litter. In the background are castles, a lake and a piece of a building with a terminal figure set in front of it. In the extreme foreground are architectural fragments: a relief with a poet's head and two feet from a broken statue. The reverse of the dish is painted in a pinkish-white glaze and a yellow line. Inscribed in blue script on the foot: "ZANOBIA SUBIETA AURELIANO IMPERAETOR/ IN SIEN[M]E COM LI FIGLI. FATO IN PESARO/ 1552".

Place of Origin

Pesaro (made)


1552 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in colours

Marks and inscriptions

'Zanobia subieta aureliano imperaetor insieme con li figli'
Latin. Painted on the back

'fato in Pesaro 1552'
Made in Pesaro 1552
Italian. Provenance mark painted on the back


Diameter: 42.6 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Soltikoff collection; Hotel Drouot, Paris, 8 April 1861, lot 704; Beurdeley; Sotheby's, London, 3 November 1970, lot 28; Bequeathed by Cyril Humphries, 1970.

Descriptive line

Dish, 'Zanobia subieta aureliano...' painted on back, made in Pesaro, Italy, dated 1552, tin-glazed earthenware

Labels and date

Made in Pesaro, Italy dated 1552
Zanobia subieta aureliano imperaetor insieme con li figli
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.47-1970 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Painter called The Zenobia Painter after this dish

Fortum, Maiolica, Oxford, 1896, p.152: Another painted with the triumphal march of the Emperor Aurelius [sic] was in the Soltikoff Collection, and signed "Fatto [sic] in Pesaro 1552

Catalogue of the Collection of Prince Pieve Solty Koff, Paris, Hotel Drouot 8th April 1861, lot 704 reads: "Grand Plat: Marche triomphale de l'empereur Aurelien a son retourde de l'expedition de Palmyre.// Au revers on lit: Zanobia Jubieta [sic] Aureliaris imperatore insieme con li Figli. Fatto in Pesaro 1552.// Ce beau plat, remarquable a plus d'un titre, tire un grand interet de cette marque de fabrique qui se boit tres-rarement, bien qu'en dise Passeri, qui voudrait attributer toutes les faiences d' Italie a la fabrique de pesaro, sa patrie. Diain. 43 cent."

Bought by Beurdeley for 420 francs.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Painted; Glazed


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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