Mary's Maiolica Arts

Images of Historic Maiolica

British Museum -- London

Photographs taken in October 2001.  Identification from museum displays and Timothy Wilson's "Ceramic Art of the Italian Rennaissance", 1987.

Pharmacy bottle, a bear hugging a column (for the Orsini and Colonna families) and the words ET SARRIMO BONI AMICI (and we shall be good friends). Castelli, about 1540-50

Dish man with spear and shield.  Probably Deruta, about 1470-90.  

Plate in top right corner is Valencian about 1420-75.

Storage jar (front) with unidentified pharmacy mark, inscribed OXIZACARA 1502, Deruta 1502.  One of the earliest examples of Italian lustreware.  Oxysaccara was a syrup made of sugar & vinegar.

Storage jar (back) inscribed OXIMEL SIMRECE ...1501, Deruta 1501.  'Oximel simplex' was a mixture of honey & vinegar.

Dish, a battle scene at a city gate, Deruta, 1500-1520.  An early example of 'story-painted' istoriato maiolica from Deruta.  

This piece is approximately 16 inches in diameter.

Dish, a mounted warrior in 'Turkish' costume; border with contrasting sections of scale and foliate decoration.  Deruta, 1530-60.  Mancini workshop.  

The foliage design is a Renaissance version of the modern Deruta "Ricco" pattern.

Dish, a woman in profile and scroll PEDORMIRENONS AQUISTA (nothing is gained by sleeping) with scale-pattern border.  Deruta, about 1490-1525.

Dish (partially shown on the right side), arms of Pope Hadran VI, Deruta, about 1522-23.

I thought these pieces from the British Museum merited more than one image:

Nicola da Urbino. Urbino, 1525.  Istoriato.  Apollo with his lyre, Tmolus, Pan playing his pipes, Pan defeated, Midas, Tmolus, Apollo playing a lira da braccio.  The arms of Calini in the center.  The painter, Nicola da Urbino, is considered to be the Raphael of maiolica.

Close up of white-on-white decoration.

Two broad-rimmed bowls, Deruta 1515-30.  Painted in blue.  Right: A doe attacked by a dog with monsters on the rim. Left: Woman in winged headdress with monsters on the rim.  Second image shows rim detail of the image of the doe.  Third image shows the decoration on the back and also better illustrates the shape of the two dishes.

More information on these maiolica vessels can be found in the book by authorTimothy Wilson, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance, British Museum Publications, 1987. 
This book is about the British Museum collection of maiolica.  Most photographs are in black & white but it also has three sections of color photographs.

Victoria and Albert Museum London.  

Photographs taken in October 2001.

Armorial plate with Cupid by Giovanni Maria at Castel Durante about 1515.  D. 26 cm.

Portrait busts by Nicola Pellipario at Castel Durante.  Right -- Silvia Bella c. 1525, Left -- Ramazotta c.1525
Collection of istoriato wares.  Probably all 16th century.
Faenza, about 1510.  Painted by the "Master of the Resurrection Panel".  Inscribed on the back with the name Maestro Jeronimo da Forli.
Virgin and Child, Deruta about 1515.  Copied from an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi after a design by Raphael, known as the Madonna di Foligno.

Photographs taken in July 1999.  Identification from Bernard Rackham's Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, 1940.

VA1sc.jpg (60741 bytes) Faenza, 15th century
VA2sc.jpg (66568 bytes) Top center: Deruta, about 1520.  Top right: Deruta, about 1515-20.
Bottom left corner: Dish for a ewer, Deruta, about 1510.  Bottom center: Gubbio, about 1500-10.  Bottom right corner: Deruta, about 1510.
VA3sc.jpg (56922 bytes) Castel Durante, about 1515
VA4cs.jpg (55792 bytes) Castel Durante, about 1500
VA5sc.jpg (99274 bytes) Twenty-four floor tiles.  Pesaro, about 1500.

Louvre -- Paris

Photographs of maiolica in the Louvre museum, Paris.  Photographs taken in December 2000.  These photographs show examples of archaic maiolica.  I do not have detailed information on the pieces but all pieces should be 15th century or earlier.

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