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A DERUTA MAIOLICA GOLD-LUSTRE CHARGER
A DERUTA MAIOLICA GOLD-LUSTRE CHARGER

CIRCA 1530-50

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A DERUTA MAIOLICA GOLD-LUSTRE CHARGER
CIRCA 1530-50
Decorated in blue and enriched in gold lustre, the centre with the Virgin Mary seated on a chair on a chequered floor reading a book to the Infant Christ, surrounded by a ribbon inscribed FACIES· OQVLIS· ISIDIOSA· MEIS·, the a quartieri border with panels of scale ornament alternating with a candeliere foliage
16 3/8 in. (41.7 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Ferdinand Adda Collection, France.
Literature
B. Rackham, Islamic Pottery and Italian Maiolica, London, 1959, no. 351, pl. 148a.

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The subject is derived from Marcantonio Raimondi's engraving of 'The Virgin Reading with the Infant Christ' after the drawing by Raphael. The inscription, FACIES OQULIS ISIDIOSA MEIS, a quotation from Letter XV of Ovid's Heroides, was translated by Rackham as "a face insidious to my eyes", but "beauty treacherous to my eyes" is more accurate.

For two chargers with decoration derived from the same engraving, see Jeanne Giacomotti, Catalogue des majoliques des musées nationaux, Paris, 1974, pp. 186-187, no. 602 (in the Musée Céramique, Sèvres) and no. 603 (in the Louvre, Paris).

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