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CAFAGGIOLO (or Faenza)

Tondino in majolica with polychrome decoration called "stile bello", in the center of a floret (derived from the Persian palmette) and four green leaves on a background of foliage, and large tracery formed by two flat ribbons yellow standing out against a blue background. Border decorated with festoons. Reverse decorated with multiple blue threads.
Italy, Cafaggiolo, Around 1500-1510, early 16th century.

Diam: 19,4 cm.

The attribution to Cafaggiolo is given by Galeazzo Cora and Angiolo Fanfani in "La maiolica di Cafaggiolo" by a dish with the same decoration of the wing, n ° 125 p. 135, Centro di Firenze Edition 1982.


Jug in faïence with polychrome decoration "à trofei" . Inscription: "SY* IVIVBI". Circa 1638.

ITALY, Castel-Durante.
Height: 21 cm

Urbino or Castel-Durante (Italy), dish istoriato of one episode of the war Cascina between Florence and Pise. Circa 1535-45.


Dish faïence with polychrome decoration in "istoriato" representing the one episode of the war Cascina between Florence and Pise in 1364.
ITALY, Urbino. Sixteenth century, to 1535-45.
Diamètre : 23,7 cm.


Large bowl in Castel-Durante or Urtbino majolica with polychrome decoration in the center in a small medallion surrounded by a laurel torus, a bust of a woman in left profile on a blue background surmounted by the inscription "Lucia Bella", around interlaced oak branches. Circa 1535/45. D. 28 cm. Possibly Francesco di Bernardino di Nanni alias Francesco Durantino alias the painter of the Bergantini cup. Many pieces glued back together, a hole above the inscription, two small gaps restored on the wing. Cf. for similar pieces: Jeanne Giacomotti, Les Majoliques des Musées Nationaux, no. 785 p. 239. Ed. des Musées Nationaux, Paris 1974, and Dora Thornton and Timothy Wilson, Italian Renaissance Ceramics, A Catalogue of the British Museum collection, vol. I n°221 p. 375 plate dated 1537, The British Museum Press, London 2009.


A majolica chevrette with polychrome decoration of two figures a man and a woman. Pharmaceutical inscription “O.D.S.LINI.”. Orsini-colona, work of Pompei,

ITALY, Castelli. circa 1545-1550. 16th century.

Height : 28 cm. Diameter: 21 cm.

Cf. for similar models, Timothy Wilson, Italian Maiolica of the Renaissance, Bocca Editori, Milano 1996, n°192 et 193.

Deruta (Italy), chevrette, circa 1540-1550.


Deruta (Italy), jug in faïence with polychrome decoration. Apothecary inscription : “O.ROSATO".
ITALY, Deruta. Circa 1540-1550.
Height: 19.4 cm

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Pharmacy bottle in majolica of Deruta with polychrome decoration of a large medallion with yellow background delimited by a crown of foliage extended by blue ribbons. The medallion is decorated with a large median banner bearing the inscription "'A' LATTUCA" and, on either side, a putto musician and the initials of the apothecary sponsor flanked by foliage in blue monochrome. On the neck stands out the silhouette of a horn player.

First half of the 16th century.

Neck glued back and a chip taken on the edge of the neck. Height : 35 cm. 

Cf. B. Rackham ;" Catalog of Italian Majolica, collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum", London 1940, vol 2, pl. 64, N° 405. Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti, La Donazione Angiolo Fanfani, Ceramiche dal MEdioevo al XX secolo, n° 96 a,b,c p.167 and 96e p.168 and 181. Ed. Faenza, Faenza 1990.


Large earthenware bottle of Deruta with polychrome decoration of a large crown of fruit and foliage containing a biblical scene that represents Judith holding the head of Holofernes surmounted by a banner with the inscription in Gothic letters "zucarum violato "*. On the back, a coat of arms with the fleur-de-lys of Florence.
Circa 1520/30. H. 39,5 cm.
Cracks on the body, chips and chips on the foot and partially restored bottom; neck resumed.
CF. Jeanne Giacomotti, Les Majoliques des Musées nationaux, n° 481 à 487 p;142 et 143. Ed. des Musées nationaux, Paris 1974. *Zucarum violato : violet sugar syrup.


Deruta (Italy), jug in faïence with polychrome decoration.
ITALY, Deruta. Circa 1530
Height: 30 cm


A Deruta majolica cup with polychrome decoration « a istoriato » representing the birth of Adonis*.

Workshop of Giacomo Mancini said il Frate in Deruta, circa 1540.

Diam. 25,5 cm.

*Adonis is the son of Myrrha and Cinyras, king of Chypre. Gods transformed Myrrha in tree, Adonis is born into the tree.

Based on the engraving by Benedetto Montagna, La Nascita di Adone, 1515-1520, in the Washington National Gallery of Art.

Cf. Musée du Louvre (inv. OA 1490) et (inv. OA 1699).

For a similar dish, see the Urbino earthenware dish in the Rouen museum around 1530 : the more elaborate treatment details the different episodes in Adonis' history, probably from the painting by Giorgione.

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Dish in majolica with polychrome decoration in the center of the representation of Holy in foot with its stick of pilgrim on bottom of landscape and of a streamer carrying the inscription : "IBIT. AD GIFMINOS. LUCIDA FAMA POLLOS FIAT"
ITALY, Deruta. Circa 1520. 1530. 16th century.
Diameter : 38 cm
Former collection Bordonaro (Sicily). Coll ITALIKA; No. 186 p.402 and 403.


Large majolica dish with polychrome decoration of a saint Jean-Baptiste in the center with background landscape. Registration "Jean Baptiste".

ITALY, Deruta. 16th century.
Diam. 42,5 cm


Majolica luster dish with Arms in the center and reserves, foliage leaves.
Rim adorned with rows of kernels.
ITALY, Deruta. First third of 16th century.
Diam. 35 cm.


Two vases in the shape of a pine tree's fruit made of earthenware with  luster decoration.

ITALY, Deruta, From the first quarter of the 16th century.

Height: 13,5 and 14,5 cm.


Ovoid medicine bottle with high neck in majolica of Faenza with polychrome decoration of flowery scrolls in the style of decorations alla porcelana and of a broad banner carrying the inscription "A di pronia" (water of plum).
Circa 1500. H. 25 cm. Good condition.
Cf. similar forms in the Louvre Museum : Jeanne Giacomotti, Les majoliques des Musées nationaux, n°704 and 705 p. 216 and 217 (attributed to Gubbio). Ed. des Musées nationaux, Paris 1974.

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A large maiolica albarellowith polychrome decoration "a quartieri" with Ste Apollonia and opposite mask, dolphins and foliages.
Workshop of Virgiliotto Calamelli, 
ITALY, Faenza. Circa 1550-1570.
Height : 46 cm.


“Crespina” in faïence with polychrome decoration “a quartieri” with in the center a Saint (Saint Agatha?) surrounded with foliage on alternately blue or yellow fund.
ITALY, Faenza. Circa 1535-40, 16th century.
Diameter: 25 cm.

Faenza (Italy) crespina berettino and quartieri with Saint François. Possibl attribution to the Bergantini family, circa 1535-45.


Crespina, with "berettino" decoration in the centre of Saint Francis receiving the stigmata and on the wing and edge "a quartieri " foliage.
Marked « B » on the back. Possible attribution to the Bergantini family, circa 1535-45. Sixteenth century.

ITALY, Faenza.
Diameter: 25,7 cm.

Faenza (Italy), tondino with arms of Bentivoglio, lords of Bologna, beginning of 16th century.


Tondino in faïence with coat of arms in the center surrounded with circling ribbons on blue bottom.
Coat of arms of Bentivoglio, Lords of Bologna.
ITALY, Faenza. Beginning of 16th century.
Diameter : 24,5cm


A large majolica baluster vase decorated “a compendiario” with Elie and Moïse in blue, yellow and ocher yellow.
ITALY, Faenza. End of the 16th century or beginning of 17th century.
Height : 60 cm.


Compendario dish decorated with a hunting scene from an Italian engraving of the 16th century. In the absence of information on the painter Stefano Accarisi (documented from 1576 to 1626), the quality of the decorations of this painter earned him being named by Francesco Liverani Maestro dei panneggi (the master of draping).

Circa 1585. ITALY, Faenza.

Diameter : 40.5 cm or 16 in.

Provenance : private collection.

References: Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti, « Bianchi » di Faenza, n°66a, 67a, b, c, 68a p.264 to 275 and p.328 à 333. Casa Editrice Belriguardo, Ferrara 1996.

Dish representing Diane and Actéon: Julia E. Poole, Italian Maiolica, Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks, N°42 page 94. Cambridge university press 1997.

Large jar with two handles in the shape of a dragon in majolica of Montelupo with polychrome decoration in the center in a frame of eclesiastical coat of arms surrounded by a garland of foliage and fruit. Large leaves and scrolls of stylized flowers in blue monochrome on the back. In a small medallion under the handles the initials LO, initials probably of the sponsor.
Circa 1640-1660, mid 17th century. Height: 34 cm.
Right handle in earthenware glued some lack of enamel on the body and reinforcement of the base to straighten it.
Cf. Fausto Berti, Storia della ceramica di Montelupo, n°264 and 265 p.346 for a jar of the same style and p 161 about the initials LO. 1999 Aedo srl, Montelupo Fiorentino.


“Tondino” in faience with polychrome decoration in the center a clergyman holding a crucifix and a book of the Bible probably. Border with Persian palmette. ITALY, Montelupo. Circa 1520, 16th century. Diameter: 25,6 cm

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A majolica albarello with polychrome decoration of feather of peacock and wearing the gothic inscription :”diariamomo”.

ITALY, Pesaro. Circa 1470-1480. End of 15th century.

H. 19,5 cm. D. 16 cm


Tondino in faïence with polychrome decoration.

Assigned  to Bernardino di Benedetto del Berna, workshop GIUNTA.
ITALY, Ravenne Circa 1520.16th  century.
Diameter : 24.5 cm

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Cup with polychrome decoration a istoriato, representing the loves of Mars and Venus with four loves. Possible attribution to Francesco Durantino who worked in the workshop of Guido di Merlino between 1543 and 1547. ITALY, Urbino,16th century. Diameter :25,3 cm.

*Mars, god of war, only renounces bearing arms when he's in love especially with Venus, whom he holds here in his arms, before being surprised by Vulcan. Provenance: private collection.
References : Dish representing Proserpine and her companions by Francesco Durantino in the Gillet Collection: Carola Fiocco, Gabriella Gherardi, Sfeir-Fakhri, Italian Majolica from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Lyon, n°169 p.253. Ed.Faton, Dijon 2001.
Another dish with Proserpine by Francesco Durantino dated 1544 in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, inv. n° F3512. Elena Ivanova, catalogue of the exhibition of the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, n°53 p. 82. Ed. Electa, Milano 2003.
A dish from Urbino, glossy in Gubbio, presents faces with lowered eyelids like our cup: A.V.B. Norman, Catalogue of Ceramics 1, Wallace Collection, n°c98 p.202, The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London 1976.


Rectangular  fountain in Urbino majolica with natural polychrome decoration. It is surmounted by a child Bacchus holding in his hands a glass and a pitcher,
ITALY, Urbino, Patanazzi workshop, around 1580, second half of the 16th century.
Height: 45 cm.


Group in majolica representing couple playing music, the young woman with a lyre, fauna with panpipes. Circa 1575-1600, Workshop Patanazzi.
ITALY, Urbino.
Height : 27,5 cm

Two albarelli in Urbino majolica with polychrome decoration "a istoriato" formed by a lake landscape with a queen sitting on a throne and holding a scepter above a banner held by two putti, bearing the inscription "Dia.Sapino" and on the other "Dia. SAtiriona" on the other.
Orazio Fontana's workshop, circa 1565/1570, 16th century. ITALY, Urbino.

Height: 22.5 and 22.8 cm.
The queen represented on the albarelli would be the Duchess of Urbino, Lucrezia d'Este, wife of Francesco Maria II della Rovere. These pharmacy vases would come from a set commissioned by Guibaldo d'Este for the Ducal Pharmacy of Urbino.
Cf. Jeanne Giacomotti, Les Majoliques des Musées Nationaux Français, Paris, 1974, n°1028-1031. Other examples with this decoration are preserved in public collections such as a large goat in the Musée Grobée-Labadie (Marseille) or albarelli in the Metropolitan Museum (New York), see by Jörg Rasmussen, Italian Maïolica in the Robert Lehman collection, New York, 1989, pp.172-174.


Cup in majolica with polychrome decoration “Istoriato” representing resurrection with Marie-Madeleine. Probably by Mazo, painter.

Middle of 16th century. ITALY, Venezia.

Diameter : 26.2 cm. Height : 4.7 cm.

Cf. Similar item on Angelica Alvera Bortolotto, Storia della Ceramica a Venezia, tav. LXXXVII, Ed. Sansoni Firenze1981.

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A Venezia Vase-bowl fully decorated in ochre, yellow, black on blue-ground scattered with military trophies including shields helmets, drums and music partitions. Concentric blue and ochre lines at the neck and foot.Workshop of maestro Domenico, circa 1560.

ITALY, Venezia. Middle of 16th century.

Height : 24 cm.

Cf. Similar item on Angelica Alvera Bortolotto, Storia della Ceramica a Venezia, tav. LXXXIX, Sansoni 1981.

Venice (Italy) jar with two medallons. Workshop of Maestro Domenico. Circa 1560-1570.


A majolica jar with polychrome decoration of scrolls and stylized flowers foliage on a blue background and two medallions with a head of a young man and a warrior. Workshop of Maestro Domenico. ITALY, Venezia. Circa 1560-1570.
Height: 24 cm Diameter: 25 cm.

Two albarelli in Venetian majolica with polychrome decoration of portraits of a young man and a Saint in medallions surrounded by flowers, leaves and fruits on a blue incised background.
Workshop of Maestro Domenico. ITALY, Venezia, circa 1570-80. Second half of the 16th century.
Height: 17 and 17.5 cm.


Ovoid vase in majolica with polychrome decoration the broad rinceaux one flowered on blue bottom and of an oval cartouche representing Holy François with the bible in the left hand and a cross in the right hand.

Workshop of Maestro Domenico. Circa 1560.
ITALY, Venezia. 16th century.
Height : 30 cm.