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  • Place of origin:

    Deruta (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 11, shelf 1

Makers of Italian maiolica at Deruta and Gubbio adopted the lustre technique of Spain in the 16th century. They developed it to its highest level of refinement. In this technique, a thin layer of metallic oxide is fused on to a decorated vessel of tin-glazed earthenware.

Physical description

Tin-glazed earthenware dish (maiolica), painted in cobalt-blue and yellow lustre with a portrait of lady.

Place of Origin

Deruta (made)


ca. 1520 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

on surface of dish -


Diameter: 40 cm

Descriptive line

Tin-glazed earthenware dish (maiolica), painted in cobalt-blue and yellow lustre with a portrait of lady. Deruta, about 1520.

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

Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
Mallet, J.V.G.. Transfer printing in Italy and England. Transactions of the English Ceramic Circle, 2011, vol. 22, pp. 89-115. Illustrated plate 37. 'Italian potters sometimes,. as at 16th -century Deruta or 17th and 18th century Castelli, pricked a series of pin-holes through a drawing or print, and through these pounced rows of dots in charcoal (burnt off during the subsequent firing) with the aid of which a painter could draw his outlines. The half-length of a woman on the Deruta dish (37) was copied from a figure in the frescoes by Pietro Perugino at the Cambio in nearby Perugia. Perugino and his school were themselves in the habit of pouncing outlines through pricked cartoons, so it is likely the potters adapted the process from that of the painters.'


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Glazing (coating)


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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