Plate with Profile Bust of a Woman

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Plate with Profile Bust of a Woman

Italy, Deruta
Majolica, with beige, copper, gold, and blue glazes
Diameter: 9 1/2 inches (240 mm)

Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1906

Item description: 

Produced in large numbers during the first half of the sixteenth century, majolica plates and shallow basins with profile busts of women were probably presented as betrothal or wedding gifts. This plate, dated 1519 on the back, is related to basins produced in Deruta, one of the major Italian centers of majolica production during the Renaissance.