For an example with a similar painting style see Johanna Lessmann, Italienische Majolika, Katalog der Sammlung, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Brunswick, Brunswick, 1979, pp. 96-97, cat. 15. The Brunswick example with Vulcan at his forge, is painted in similar tones of orange-brown, blue and green. Lessmann attributes this dish to Faenza, though Bernard Rackham links it to Cafaggiolo due to a similarity to another dish in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (museum no. 2990-1853). Lessmann also suggests that the dish might be from the workshop of ‘TB’ or ‘BT’ in Faenza or could be influenced (particularly the border decoration) by the work of Giovanni Maria da Castel Durante, who worked in Faenza.
For another example with a similarly painted scene see Dora Thornton and Timothy Wilson, Italian Renaissance Ceramics, A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, London, 2009, pp. 173-174 and no. 112. This is attributed to Siena due to the yellow-blue tonality, a feature shared by the present dish.
The subject of St. Jerome was a popular one in the 14th and 15th Centuries and was a common theme in paintings, drawings and prints. These often showed the saint in a north Italian landscape, a trend that most likely increased with the popularity of the ‘Pastoral’ in the literary sphere. The distinctive decoration to the reverse of this dish imitates motifs on Chinese porcelain. Examples of this type of decoration can be found at Cafaggiolo, Venice and Faenza, amongst other places.