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made in Castelli, Italy

Postcard of Dish.
© National Museums Scotland


This maiolica dish was made in Castelli in Italy in the first half of the 18th century.

The dish has a raised stand and is painted in polychrome with 'The Madonna of Loreto'. The Virgin Mary is seated on clouds holding a cross and leaning on a domed building, the Santa Casa. She takes fruit from a salver offered by a female figure (representing Fortitude) dressed in classical armour. Below is St Mary Magdalene.

A shrine was built at Loreto commemorating the miraculous arrival of a house, reputed to be the house of the Virgin, at Loreto at the time of the Annunciation. Loreto became a place of pilgrimage, affording protection against the plague from the 14th century onwards. The potters of Castelli made commemorative ware for Loreto.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-352-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1877.20.110
Date: First half of the 18th cent
First half of the 18th century
Material: Earthenware (maiolica)
Dimensions: 50 mm H x 302 mm D
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Castelli
Who: B. Gentile (Delineator (?))
Madonna of Loreto (Depicted)
Mary Magdalene (Depicted)
Shandon Collection (Previous owner)
Where: Italy, Castelli
Italy, Loreto
Description: Maiolica dish with a raised stand and painted in polychrome with The Madonna of Loreto: Italian, Castelli, 1st half of the 18th century
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