Plate with a Woman in Profile

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Italian School
Gubbio, Italy, 1519.
Majolica, with beige, copper, gold, and blue glazes
diameter: 9 1/2 inches (240 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1906.
AZ020
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Dated "1519" on the back and numbered "39".
Provenance: 
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan from Jacques Seligmann & Co., 1906.
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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.
Loss of glaze in the back, right side, 14.5 cm long. Other losses throughout.

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Majolica fruit plate with side profile bust of a woman between the letters M and A. Decorated with beige, copper, gold, and blue.

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