A Deruta Maiolica Bella Donna charger
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A Deruta Maiolica Bella Donna charger

1530-1540

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A Deruta Maiolica Bella Donna charger
1530-1540
Piatto da Pompa or piatto a gamelio, painted in green, yellow, ochre and blue with the half-length side face portrait of a fashionable young lady facing left, her hair in a snood, silhouetted against the blue ground on the left side, between a banner inscribed La Chamilla Bella (the pretty Camilla) and a stylized branch to the right, the a quartieri border with alternate panels of scale-pattern and scrolling foliage divided by vertical bands, the footrim pierced for hanging, the reverse covered in a transparent glaze and decorated with three spiral motifs
41.5 cm. diam.
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Lot Essay

A piatto a gamelio was the gift of a fiancé to his future bride. This kind of charger was usually decorated with her portrait and inscribed with her name accompanied by the adjective bella (beautiful).

See S. Glaser, Majolika. Die italienischen Fayencen im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, 2000, p. 203, no. 176 and J. Giacomotti, Catalogue des majoliques des musées nationaux, Paris, 1974, p. 150-152, ill. 501-510 and p.155, ill. 516-517 for similar examples.
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