the centre painted with a female figure in yellow, pouring water from one carafe to another, before a light blue illegibly inscribed band, encircled by a light blue band picked out in white, the broad border with winged cherub-heads and dolphin heads among leaf-scrolls against a deep-blue ground, the reverse with stylized flower-heads separated by wavy lines radiating from the centre
crossed circle with a small circle in one quadrant and within two concentric lines
The crossed circle mark has had many attributions in the past. It has been suggested that this was the mark of the Casa Pirota in Faenza, or a rebus for the Dalle Palle family of potters, also in Faenza.
The more recent research of D.Thornton and T. Wilson, however, has provided new evidence that the crossed circle mark can be attributed to the Piero Bergantini workshop in Faenza. For a discussion and other examples of dishes bearing the same mark see D. Thornton and T.Wilson, Italian Renessaince Ceramics, 2009, p. 127-133
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