Since the 19th century many of the pieces of this service have appeared on the market. A list of all the then known pieces was published by Julia Poole, 'Italian Maoilica in the Fitzwilliam Museum' Catalogue (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 369-371, where the present lot is mentioned in footnote 19. Although there were originally 24 large dishes in the service, only two, the present lot and a dish in the Victoria & Albert Museum, appear to have survived.
Many pieces from this service have been sold in these Rooms in the past 150 years. Michael J. Brody, 'Terra d'Urbino tutta dipinta a paesi con l'armi de'Salviati': the paesi service in the 1583 inventory of Jacopo di Alamanno Salviati (1537-1586), in Faenza anno LXXXVI , no. 4-6, pp. 30-46, discusses the early history and genesis of this service. This seminal article establishes the composition and early history of this, one of the most important armorial services of the time.
Variously ascribed to Venice and to Andrea di Negroponte in Casteldurante, the service is now convincingly given to the Workshop of Guido Durantino in Urbino. As Brody observes, the 'paesi' on the Salviati service correspond closely to the similar subject illustrated by Piccolpasso in 1557.