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Footed dish
  • Footed dish
    Andreoli, Giorgio, born 1465 - died 1555
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Footed dish

  • Place of origin:

    Gubbio (made)

  • Date:

    1521 (dated)
    1522 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andreoli, Giorgio, born 1465 - died 1555 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware with lustre decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by D. M. Currie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 10, shelf 3

Ubaldus (1085-1160) is the patron saint of Gubbio; his day, 15th of May, is still celebrated today in the town with the Festa dei Ceri, one of the oldest religious festivals in Italy. In the Renaissance Ubaldus was widely venerated in the Gubbio region.

This dish, shows a group of patrons in prayer around a tomb which probably reflects the one in place in the church dedicated to Ubaldus in Gubbio, before its large scale refurbishment, completed around 1527.
The little black devil coming out of the mouth of the lady, could refer to an exorcism and the plate might have been commissioned in fulfillment of a vow or as a sign of devotion to the saint.

The lustre, here masterly executed, was applied with an additional third firing in a smaller kiln; the workshop of Maestro Giorgio became renowned for its lustre.

Physical description

Dish on low foot, depicting the tomb of St. Ubaldus at Gubbio. Five people around the tomb Painted in blue, light copper green and yellow and with red and gold lustre.

Place of Origin

Gubbio (made)


1521 (dated)
1522 (dated)


Andreoli, Giorgio, born 1465 - died 1555 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware with lustre decoration

Marks and inscriptions

'1522/ MoGo'
Maestro Giorgio
Maker's mark and date painted in yellow lustre on the back

Saint Ubaldus pray for us. 1521
Latin. Painted on scroll

'AF 41'
Andrew Fountaine IV, nr. 41
Collectors mark, incised


Diameter: 25.5 cm

Object history note

From the Fountaine Collection (sale cat. no. 323). On the back the incised mark: "AF 41" for Andrew Fountaine IV (1808-73). See bibl.ref.

Descriptive line

Dish on low foot, depicting the tomb of St. Ubaldus at Gubbio, made in the workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, Gubbio, dated 1521 and 1522, tin-glazed earthenware with lustre decoration

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian maiolica. London : H.M.S.O., 1977.
Fiocco, Carola and Gabriella Gherardi. Ceramiche Umbre. Faenza. 1989, vol.II, pp.453-454, fig.146.
Moore, A. The Fountaine Collection of Maiolica. The Burlington Magazine. June 1988. 446 p.

Labels and date

Dish on low foot depicting the tomb of St. Ubaldus at Gubbio
Lustred at the workshop of Giorgio Andreoli, Gubbio, Italy dated 1521 and 1522
Marks: 'MoGo', painted in lustre and 'AF 41' , scratched Inscrition: 'S. VBALDVS.OR.PRO.'

Tin-glazed earthenware with lustre decoration

C.476-1921 From the Fountaine Collection, Bequeathed by Mr David M. Currie [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Dated 1521 in blue on the front (before the second firing) and dated 1522 in lustre on the back

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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