This beautiful dish in majolica of the sixteenth century is a Tuscan realization, more precisely from the town of Castlefiorentino.
The majolica or maiolica, is the specific name given to this type of earthenware. This production technique, which originated in Moorish Spain, spread to Italy at the end of the 14th century and was very successful there. During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, several regions of Italy became real centers of majolica production, allowing their enrichment and the fame of their pieces.
The decoration of this dish is an alternation of geometric friezes and plant elements, and finally at the level of the umbilicus sits a coat of arms azure with a lion rampant sable (black). The particular shape of this coat of arms is reminiscent of the Venetian coat of arms. These decorations are said to be graffito.

Dish with armorial decoration – Castlefiorentino Italy – 16th century

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