Plate (2 of 2)

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made at Urbino, Italy

Postcard of Plate (2 of 2).
© National Museums Scotland

Plate (2 of 2)

This maiolica plate was made in the late 16th century at Urbino in Italy. It is from an accouchement set which consisted of five to seven bowls and plates with a cup and possibly a salt cellar that fitted together, one piece on top of the other. They were given as gifts to mothers after confinements and regarded as commemorative presents which were also practical. This photograph shows the underside.

The underside plate is painted in polychrome with grotesques and foliage. The interior of the plate also has grotesques and foliage, with Cupid in the centre.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-714-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.231.2
Date: 1575 - 1600
Late 16th century
Material: Earthenware
Dimensions: 24 mm H x 204 mm D
What: Plate
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Urbino
Where: Italy, Urbino
Description: Maiolica plate from an accouchement set painted in polychrome with Cupid surrounded by grotesques and foliage: Italian, Urbino, last quarter of the 16th century
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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