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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1543 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maestro Jacomo da Pesaro (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted in dark blue on a light blue ground

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 28, shelf 1

Physical description

In the middle, enclosed by three medallions surrounding a fourth in the centre, busts of famous women of antiquity with their names inscribed: 'SEMIRAMIS', 'FVLVIA' and 'ZENOBIA', (all wearing helmetS) and 'PORTIA'. Painted in blue & white.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


1543 (made)


Maestro Jacomo da Pesaro (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in dark blue on a light blue ground

Marks and inscriptions

Adi 13 Aprille 1543 AOLASDINR
13 April 1543 (Alessandro?)


Diameter: 47.5 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Castellani and Oppenheimer collections

Descriptive line

Tin-glazed earthenware, berettino blue glaze decorated with medallion portraits of four famous women from antiquity, probably painted in the workshop of Maestro Jacomo of Pesaro working in Venice. Dated 1543

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

A. Alverà Bortolotto, 'Storia della ceramica a Venezia', dish is reproduces on TAV. LXI

Labels and date

Dish with portraits of four famous women, workshop of Maestro Jacomo, Venice, dated 1543 []

Production Note

Made in the workshop of Jacomo


Tin-glazed earthenware






Ceramics Collection

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