Two Alternative Designs for a Dish, One with a Battle of Marine Creatures, the Other with a Bacchanal
Inscribed on made-up part at lower center, in pen and brown ink, Baldassare Peruzzi da Siena.
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910
This drawing is probably a design for a large piatto da pompa, a platter typically made of embossed silver and used for display on a credenza during festive occasions. Alternatively, the design may have been intended for a majolica wine cooler, as suggested by its marine and Bacchic themes. The dish, however, does not seem quite deep enough for this purpose.
The traditional attribution to Baldassare Peruzzi recorded in the old inscription was accepted until 1991, when the more decorative style of Fontana was recognized.