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Dish (1 of 2)

This maiolica dish was made in 1533 in Italy, perhaps at Gubbio by a follower of Francesco Urbini.

The dish shows 'The Judgment of Solomon' in polychrome and ruby and yellow lustre. Solomon had to judge which of the two women was the real mother of the live baby. He did this by ordering the death of the baby. The real mother renounced her claim to save her child and thereby revealed herself as the natural mother.

Francesco Urbini was working in Gubbio between around 1531 and 1536. He was influenced by one of the most prolific painters of the 1530s, Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-698-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1877.20.102
Date: 1533
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: istoria de le mer / etice che se cho / ndusaro / innate a Sala / mone 1533
Dimensions: 50 mm H x 264 mm D
What: Dish
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Gubbio
Who: Francesco Urbini (By one of his followers)
Shandon Collection (Previous owner)
Solomon (Depicted)
Where: Italy, Gubbio
Description: Maiolica dish painted in colours with The Judgement of Solomon: Italian, perhaps Gubbio, by a follower of Francesco Urbini, 1533
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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