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Plateau

Plateau

  • Place of origin:

    Gualdo Tadino (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rubboli pottery (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, painted in colours and lustre

  • Museum number:

    165-1893

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 36, shelf 4

This plateau was described in the Museum's early records as in 'imitation of old maiolica ware' and as made at Gualdo Tadino, Umbria. It is possible the pottery was that of Daria Vecchi Rubboli (1852-1929), widow of the founder Paolo Rubboli (1838-1890). The Rubboli pottery made a variety of ceramics including wares in renaissance techniques and design styles like this plateau. It was purchased by the Museum in 1893 from the wife of the English potter William De Morgan. De Morgan, who was inspired by Italian and Persian lustres and other renaissance techniques in his own ceramics, was then living part of the year in Florence and certainly taking a keen interest in local Italian potteries, while continuing to send designs back to his own pottery in Fulham, London..

Physical description

Plateau, painted in colours and lustre with a scene in the centre, possibly from the life of Hercules, surrounded by a broad band of arabesques each bearing the date 1595.

Place of Origin

Gualdo Tadino (made)

Date

ca. 1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Rubboli pottery (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, painted in colours and lustre

Dimensions

Diameter: 42 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Purchased from 'Mrs de Morgan, 15 Lungo il Mugnore'. The English potter, William De Morgan married the painter, Evelyn Pickering, in 1887. Due to increasing ill-health, from 1892 until De Morgan spent the winters in Florence employing Italian assistants and sending designs from Italy to his pottery in Fulham.

Descriptive line

Plateau, fragment (2); IT, possibly by Rubboli pottery, Gualdo Tadino, Umbria, Italy, ca. 1890

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Painted; Lustre

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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