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An Urbino maiolica dish, workshop of Orazio Fontana, circa 1540
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An Urbino maiolica dish, workshop of Orazio Fontana, circa 1540
painted with the 'noli me tangere’ scene of Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene beside a ruined column, in an extensive landscape with figures
42.5cm., 16 3/4 in.
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來源

Otto Beit
Thence by descent
The property of the Trustees of Mrs A.A. Bull's children's Settlement, Christie's London, 2 July 1990, lot 238

出版

Bernard Rackham, Catalogue of the Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the possession of Mr Otto Beit, 1916, no. 806, p. 115

相關資料

Orazio Fontana (1510-1571) was the eldest son of the potter Guido Durantino, who had moved to Urbino around 1516. By the 1520s, Guido’s workshop seems to have become the preferred potter to Duke Francesco Maria of Urbino; Guido himself was a successful businessman and in the 1540s was priore of an Urbino confraternity.  By 1541, he and his son Orazio took the name of Fontana. Orazio’s brothers Cmaillo and Nicola and his nephew Flaminio were also maiolica potters, although Orazio appears to have been the most celebrated, as Bernardino Baldi, a 17th century Urbino writer, said : ‘nobilissimo in quella [arte] del far Vasi di terra cotta e porcellana fu Horatio Fontana’.

Orazio appears to have been travelling in North Italy in the 1550-1560s and came back to Urbino in 1565, where he settled a new workshop, concentrating his production essentially on luxury products. He was also among the first to leave behind the istoriato style in favour of the development of the elegant drawn style on a white ground known as compendiario white ground grotesque maiolica.
For another dish painted by Orazio Fontana and further information, see T. Wilson & D. Thornton, Italian Renaissance Ceramics: a catalogue of the British Museum collection, no. 176

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