A Deruta maiolica 'Bella Donna' charger, circa 1550
Lot 110
A Deruta maiolica 'Bella Donna' charger, circa 1550
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,707) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Deruta maiolica 'Bella Donna' charger, circa 1550
Probably from the workshop of Giacomo Mancini, decorated in blue, green, yellow and ochre, with a bust-length portrait of a young woman, a scrolling ribbon behind her inscribed CHI SERE GENTE IN GRATA DOLORE AQUISTA, the border divided into alternating panels of scrolling foliage and overlapping scales, 39.5cm diam (typical minor glaze losses to edge of rim)


  • Provenance:
    Mrs Winifred Spero (widow of Alfred Spero);
    Acquired from the above

    Norwich Castle Museum, until circa 2000

    A tazza, which is attributed to the workshop of Giacomo Mancini and is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, shows a distinctly similar painting style. The faces of the two depicted ladies are very much alike, allowing for the assumption that the two pieces were painted in the same workshop.

    'Bella donna' dishes are presumed to have been popular gifts and tokens of love and affection. Frequently, a name was accompanied by the words bella or diva, inferring that many of the dishes were meant to represent specific women, although they do not appear to have been actual portraits.
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