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  • Place of origin:

    Urbino (made)

  • Date:

    1560-1562 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted with colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 28, shelf 2

The scene on this plate, with Caesar destroying the bridge at Geneva, derives from a drawing by the painter Taddeo Zuccaro. The artist is known to have produced designs with the story of Caesar for a maiolica service made for Philip II of Spain, and this dish might have been part of this prestigious service.
The iconography of this service was appropriate for a royal gift, dealing with the triumphs of Caesar.
Nearly fifty designs, either known through drawings or copies of drawings, or through maiolica made for them, have been identified as likely to have formed part of the service made for the king of Spain.

Physical description

Large dish, in the middle, Caesar at Geneva. Three men with pickaxes are demolishing a bridge, of which two arches remain; behind them is a body of soldiers, some of them mounted, with standards and trumpets; to the right, by the river bank, is a camp with soldiers grouped near it. Round the rim, two borders of grotesques, consisting of satyrs, tritons and other semi-human monsters, with birds and griffins.

Place of Origin

Urbino (made)


1560-1562 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted with colours

Marks and inscriptions

Caesar breaks down the bridge near Geneva


Diameter: 44 cm

Object history note

From the Soulages Collection

Descriptive line

Dish, Caesar destroying the bridge at Geneva, made in the workshop of the Fontana or Patanazzi, Urbino, 1565-80 tin-glazed earthhnware

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

Taddeo Zuccaro as a designer for Maiolica, J.A. Gere, Burlington Magazine, July 1963; dish reproduced at no. 15.

Production Note

Probably made in the Fontana or Patanazzi workshops




Ceramics Collection

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