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Dish: C.24-1932

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Object information

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and lustred with a half-length figure of a young woman in profile to right facing a coiled scrole inscribed 'LA VITA.EL.FINE.ELDI.LO DA.LASE RA.X.' (Life by its end, day by the evening, is praised), surrounded by a border of leaves and stylized flowers.

Earthenware, the front is tin-glazed; the reverse has thick, opaque, dark yellow lead-glaze. Painted in thinly applied dark blue and with pale silver-yellow lustre. Shape 61. Circular, with slightly sloping rim, and wide deep well, standing on a footring pierced by three incorrectly placed suspension holes. In the well, a young woman, half-length with her head in profile to right, faces a coiling scroll, inscribed 'LA VITA.EL.FINE.ELDI.LO DA.LASE RA.X.' (Life by its end, day by the evening, is praised). There are formal flowers in the background, and bound laurel round the edge of the well. On the rim, slanting serrated leaves alternate with stylized flowers. A band of yellow lustre encircles the outer edge.

Max Goldschmidt-Rothschild; Kurt Glogowski, Berlin; sold Sotheby's, 8 June 1932, Catalogue of the well-known collection of important Italian majolica, also bronzes and statuary, velvets, textiles and embroideries, fine Oriental rugs, & c. the property of Herr Kurt Glogowski of Berlin, lot 30.

Named entities

  • Dish
  • Piatto da pompa

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bought
  • Dates: 1932-06-08

Dating

Maker(s)

Note

The girl is painted in the style of Pietro Perugino (active 1472-1523) and closely resembles the Eritrean Sibyl in his fresco of 'God the Father announcing the Salvation' in the Sala dell'Udienza in the Collegio del Cambio, Perugia, painted between 1496 and 1500. Similar young women appear in paintings by Pinturicchio (1454-1513) such as in the' Visitation' in the Borgia apartments of the Vatican, but Deruta maiolica painters were more likely to have seen or had access to drawings after local works in nearby Perugia.

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 7.5 cm

Agents depicted

Components of the work

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Throwing : Earthenware, the front is tin-glazed; the reverse has thick, opaque, dark yellow lead-glaze. Painted in thinly applied dark blue and with pale silver-yellow lustre

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a figure 8
  • Location: On underside of well
  • Method of creation: Incised through the glaze
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: LA VITA.EL.FINE.ELDI.LO DA.LASE RA.X.
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Associated department: Applied Arts

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: C.24-1932
  • Primary reference Number: 47190
  • Glaisher catalogue number: 2191
  • Glaisher additions number: 42-1932
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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