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  • Place of origin:

    Wroclaw (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bernard Rackham, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 52, shelf 1

Physical description

Dish of lead-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and glazed. With a half-length portrait of Emperor Rudolph II in the centre. 'RVDOLPHSSECVNDVS ROMANORVM IMPERATOR' inscribed round the rim. Below the rim is an indented border in manganese-brown and yellow. The figure occupies the main surface of the dish.

Place of Origin

Wroclaw (made)


ca. 1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Lead-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and glazed

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed round the rim in white over a blue ground


Diameter: 37.5 cm

Object history note

The portrait is adapted from an engraving by Giacomo Franco dated 1596.
MA/1/R18 Information from Bernard Rackham: Dish, Silesian earthenware, with portrait of Rudolph II...At the sale of the effects of Lord Brownlow from Ashridge at Sotheby's in December I happened to find, in a lot with two Rouen dishes, a dish of a class of ware which I have never seen before outside Germany - the rare pottery painted within deeply incised outlines in brilliantly coloured tin enamels, made in the 16th century at Breslau. The five hitherto identified specimens were described in articles in 'Schlesiens Vorzeit' & 'Der Cicerone' (Vol. VI)...Dr. Sauerlandt of Hamburg, a leading authority on German pottery, has seen it & tells me it is a fine specimen of this rare type and could be worth a considerable sum in Germany.

Descriptive line

Dish of lead-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and glazed, Wroclaw, ca. 1600


Lead glaze; Earthenware


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Emperor; Portrait; Man


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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