Category Archives: Italian Ceramics

Italian Armorial Jug – Pope Clement XI

A rare Italian armorial jug with the coat of arms of Pope Clement XI’s. Papal coats of arms are traditionally shown with an image of the papal tiara and the keys of Peter as an external ornament of the escutcheon. … Continue reading

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The ‘Figurato’ Maiolica – Montelupo 17th

The approach to the ‘portrait’ image in Montelupo pottery, according to John Mallet, produced results similar in culture and chronology to those in other pottery towns of the peninsula. The first Montelupo pottery with figurative decoration comes from the late … Continue reading

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Veneto Plate 19th c.

Ceramic hand painted plate from Veneto region in northern Italy (d 29cm, late 19th c.). The plate’s border done with sponge is framing the figure of a young woman. Despite the decline in production in the early 19th century because … Continue reading

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Montelupo Plate Italy 17th c.

Maiolica flat plate, tin-glazed, made in Montelupo , Italy (d 21,7 cm, early 17th century). The arabesque style decoration shows the strong influence of the Moorish-Hispano art on Montelupo’s pottery designs. Three spots in the centre were caused by the … Continue reading

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S Italy Proto Maiolica Plate -13c

Plate from Southern Italy (proto-maiolica 1250-1300 A.D.). Proto-maiolica is a type of tin-glazed wares made in Sicily and Southern Italy shortly before 1200 until the 15th century. These ceramics were usually painted with various animals , fishes etc. in different … Continue reading

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Naples Maiolica Dish – Caravela Latina 18th

A Naples maiolica dish, decorated in blue, green, yellow and manganese with a ship under full sail. The border with a stylized garland of flowers between wavy lines. The ship is probably a caravel carrying three masts with lateen sails … Continue reading

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Naples Plate 19th – A Fortified Farmhouse (Masseria)

Large hand painted plate from Naples region (late 19th c.). A fortified farmhouse (masseria) with a watch-tower in the centre and a continuous meander on the rim. The fortification of Italian farmhouses was necessary for the protection of crops and … Continue reading

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Italy Puglia 19th – Two Handed Jug

Two-handed jug from Grottaglie (Puglia, southern Italy). Floral decoration with stars and spirals in the typical colors of local workshops during the 19th century. This type of jug is called “ciarla” in local dialect and usually purchased as a wedding … Continue reading

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Italy Rapino – St Rocco 1914

Water pitcher with St. Rocco who shows his wound of the plague and a dog holding a piece of bread in his mouth (dated 1914, Rapino, Italy). St. Roch or Rocco was born at Montpellier and had traveled to Italy … Continue reading

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Ariano (prob.) Female Figure 18th

Salt shaker in the shape of female figure, from the potteries of Naples region (probably Ariano). Such figures from Ariano and Naples belong to the most impressive ceramics in Italy. The hands and the basket are restored (late 18th century, … Continue reading

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Caltagirone (Sicily) Flask – Dated 1908

A fine quality spherical pottery flask from Caltagirone (Sicily). The jug is dated 1908 and decorated with a drawing of three tulips ; pair of opposing handles from shoulder to the top of the neck (h 35 cm). A very … Continue reading

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Pesaro Italy Coffee Pot 18th c

A maiolica coffee pot from Pesaro, Italy (late 18th century). Elegant form beautifully decorated with stylized flowers in daisy pattern. Another wonderful sample of the great pottery tradition of Pesaro. Private collection Athens Greece. Caffettiera . Di forma aggraziata. L’ … Continue reading

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Cerreto Sannita Dated 1737 – Soup Toureen

Soup toureen from Cerreto Sannita (dated 1737 on its basis). Cerreto Sannita is a municipality in the Province of Benevento in the Italian region Campania, located about 60 km northeast of Naples. The ceramics art tradition flourished in Cerreto after … Continue reading

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S. Italy (Abruzzi?) Albarello 18th or 19th c.

An 18th/19th century albarello, polychrome decorated with a stylised hare within a landscape (Southern Italy, Abruzzi ?). The hare has been a powerful symbol in mythology in major civilisations around the world for thousands of years and has always had … Continue reading

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Italian Water Bottle (Ariano or Cerreto) late 18th or early 19th c.

Italian water bottle in the shape of a book (from Ariano or Cerreto, late 18th early 19th century). A wild hare and a bird in natural surroundings, decorate both sides of the bottle. When the bottle was filled with hot … Continue reading

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Twin handled maiolica cup from Italy, painted with a central Virgin of Loreto and Child and the inscription “CON POL DI S CASA” (probably from Faenza or Marche region, second half of 18th c.). Loreto is a hill town of … Continue reading

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Wine ceramic jug from Pesaro, Marche area (early 19th c.). The jug is inscribed in Greek with a drinking verse and is decorated with bright colors. The verse in Greek is: “διερρηγμέν ! ενδύεται ο εραστής του ούνου, ου τόν … Continue reading

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Plate from Faenza Italy painted with a running deer (early 17th century). Towards the end of the 16th century the craftsmen of Faenza developed a new decorative style with simpler and more immediate forms of expression, as a reaction to … Continue reading

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Jug from Grottaglie (province of Taranto, Puglia, southern Italy). The front is painted with a rooster between two trees (typical background for Grottaglie’s painted ceramics). The ceramic production has represented the wealth of the town for centuries. The numerous ceramic … Continue reading

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Pottery water jug from Caltagirone. The jug is dated 1888 and decorated with the rose pattern, a classical motif for this type of pots. Caltagirone (Sicilian : Caltaggiruni) is a town in the province of Catania, in central Sicily. The … Continue reading

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A maiolica apothecary jar from Pesaro, Italy. Late 18th century, pottery example from the workshop of Casali Callegari, decorated with stylized flowers in daisy pattern. The art of earth and fire in Pesaro dates back to the thirteenth century. From … Continue reading

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Maiolica plate from Calvello (South Italy). Calvello sits on a steep hillside in the middle of Basilicata, a mountainous region wedged between Puglia and Calabria. For centuries, apart from sheep farming and breeding, Calvello has produced fine tiles and ceramics. … Continue reading

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Big ceramic plate from South Italy (19th century, d 48 cm). This plate belongs probably to the ceramic production of Naples (Napoli) or Ariano. A female figure holding a spear with a cross at its base, dominates the center. The … Continue reading

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Some of the earliest jugs and bowls of that period were made in Orvieto (Umbria), Perugia and Tuscany, especially Florence that as a great mercantile centre of Italy was open to influences imported from Spain, Low Countries and the Orient. … Continue reading

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Plate from Urbino dated and signed by Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo, 1532. The scene represents Phaethon’s sisters (the Heliads) being changed into elms and his friend Cygnus into a swan. The shield of Pucci of Florence in the center … Continue reading

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Plate from Deruta in Umbria with distinctive painting of two riders dated around 1520. By the 1460s workshops in Deruta (Umbria) mastered the method of painting ceramics with metal luster. Deruta made large quantities of lustreware until the end of … Continue reading

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Wine ceramic jug from Pesaro Italy (end of the 18th c.). The jug is inscribed in Greek with a drinking verse and is decorated with bouquets of brightly colored foliage. At the bottom there is the mark of Casali and … Continue reading

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Wine ceramic jug from Pesaro Italy (end of the 18th c.). This jug is decorated with a beautiful peacock in the front and smaller ones all around the jug. With a double scroll handle and polychrome painting. G. M. mark … Continue reading

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Wine ceramic jug from Pesaro Italy (second half of the 18th c.). Pesaro is a seaport wetting by the Adriatic Sea, at the Foglia River mouth (the ancient “Pisaurus”, from which the city was named). The ceramic tradition in Pesaro … Continue reading

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Jug from Grottaglie (region of Puglia), with a distinctive painting of a Masseria. Masserie (Italian plural for Masseria) are surrounded by high walls designed to protect from outlaws and bandits. Most of them were build between 16th and 18th century … Continue reading

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Jug from Grottaglie (region of Puglia), with a distinctive painting of a Masseria, a traditional fortified farmhouse commonly found in southern Italy and particularly Puglia and Sicily. Masserias belonged to large estates and provided protection to farm workers and crops … Continue reading

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