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image of Large dish with plant-pattern border; in the center, the arms of a Medici pope Deruta 16th Century (ceramist)
Large dish with plant-pattern border; in the center, the arms of a Medici pope, 1513 or later - probably not after 1534
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
overall (diameter): 41.6 cm (16 3/8 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.319
On View
From the Tour: Italian Renaissance Ceramics
Object 13 of 25

Conservation Notes

Earthenware, covered on the front and edge with a white tin glaze and on the back with an even yellowish semitranslucent glaze overlying streaks of tin glaze. Concentric turning marks are visible on the back. The painting is in blue (which has bubbled slightly) and, to represent red in the arms, a streaky red- brown, with yellowish golden luster. In the foot ring are two holes for suspension, made before firing, placed so that the dish hangs correctly from them. On the back, on the curving sides of the well, are two kiln scars. The dish has been cracked and repaired from eight o'clock toward the center and through the rim at two o'clock; bands of overpaint run over these repairs. There is extensive wear and chipping on the outer and inner edges of the rim.

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