Cf. Jrg Rasmussen, The Robert Lehman Collection, X, Italian Maiolica, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1989, no. 75.
The figure of Cupid is taken from an engraving by Nicoletto Da Modena entitled The Fate of an Evil Tongue (fig.1). That of Vulcan is likely taken from an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi entitled Venus, Vulcan and Three Cupids (fig. 2). Cf. Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 25, no. 37 and vol. 26, plate 227-I. The rabbit in the foreground is a symbol of fecundity and an attribute of Venus, goddess of Love and the earstwhile wife of Vulcan.
Sold with a thermoluminescence certificate N199b22 dated 31 January 1999 from Doreen Stoneham of Oxford Authentication Ltd. stating that the sample tested was last fired between 300 and 500 years ago (1499-1699)