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Unknown (pottery)


tin-glazed earthenware
lustreware (sub-category)






Tin-glazed earthenware painted in cobalt-blue and copper lustre

Earthenware, tin-glazed, and painted in cobalt-blue and copper lustre. Circular with flat rim, vertical sides, and flat central area. In the centre there is a heater-shaped shield bearing the arms per fesse azure and or a lion rampant countercharged within a blue spirally-entwined circle, from which eight curling sprays of bryony flowers and parsley-like leaves radiate towards another spirally entwined circle. The sides are decorated in lustre only, and the rim in blue and lustre with scrolling and wavying sprays of similar flowers and leaves. The back is decorated in lustre only with a central six-petalled flower surrounded by circlets and dots

Production Notes

the arms are those of a Tuscan family, perhaps of the Scarperia. They are also reminiscent of the arms of the Nori family of Florence, but the colours of the upper and lower parts of the shield are reversed.

Production Place

Manises (pottery) (place) ()

Valencia (pottery) (region)

Spain (pottery) (country)

Spanish (pottery) (nationality)

Technique Description

earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in cobalt-blue and copper lustre


height: (whole): 5.5 cm
diameter: (rim): 42.5 cm


third quarter of 17th century


circa 1450 to 1475


bought: Sotheby's 1961-12-15 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

possibly Émile Gaillard collection, sold Paul Chevallier, Paris, 8-16 June 1904, Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité de la Renaissance, tapisseries, tableaux anciens composant la Collection Émile Gaillard et dont la vente aura lieu à Paris en son hôtel, 1, Place Malesherbes, pp. 96-7, lot 411, illustrated, d. 42.5 cm. Sir Otto Beit, Bart., KCMG; sold by his daughter, Lady Monro, Sotheby's, 15 December 1961, Important Hispano-Moresque Pottery, p. 5, lot 3, illustrated

Purchased with the Cunliffe Fund and a contribution from the National Art Collections Fund


  1. Van de Put, Albert (1916) Catalogue of the Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the Possession of Mr Otto Beit, London: Privately printed at the Chiswick Press
    [comments: Publ. no. 618, pl. VII]
  2. Sotheby's (1961) Important Hispano-Moresque Pottery, 15 December 1961, London: Sotheby's [page: 5] 15 December 1961)
    [comments: Publ. p. 5, lot 3, illustrated opposite]
  3. (1962) Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Annual Report of the Fitzwilliam Museum Syndicate for the year 1961, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
    [comments: Publ. pl. XI.]
  4. (1962) Fifty-Ninth Annual Report of the National Art-Collections Fund, London [page: 23]
    [comments: Publ. p. 23, no. 2097]
  5. Davis, Frank (1963) A Benign Body, [page: 734]
    Source title: The Illustrated London News (11 May 1963)
    [comments: Publ. p. 734]
  6. Spallanzani, Marco (2006) Maioliche Ispano-Moresche a Firenze nel Rinascimento, Florence: Studio Per Edizioni Scelte [page: 213-4, 263]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 213-4, and p. 263, pl. 33, discussed under the Scarperia arms, and compared with a spouted drinking vessel in the British Museum, illustrated pon p. 262, pl. 32, which he considers probably Scarperia, rather than Nori (see Wilson below). See p. 206 for Nori, and p. 303, pl. 88, a vase with flat wing handles in the Musée national de Moyen Ages - Thermes de Cluny, Paris.]
  7. Wilson, Timothy (1987) Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance, London: Trustees of the British Museum [page: 29-30]
    [comments: Cf. p. 29, no. 14, a spouted drinking vessel in the British Museum (MLA 1852,6-30,1) which has comparable decoration and arms which Wilson considers might be Nori of Florence. He mentions the Fitzwilliam's dish on p. 30. See also Spallanzani, below.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.4-1961 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 137635; Input Date: 2007-04-24 / Last Edit: 2011-05-27)

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