Dish with Putti Dancing and a Winged Putto Playing a Double Flute

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Workshop of Giorgio da Gubbio
approximately 1470-1553
Gubbio, Italy, 1525.
Majolica
11 inches (280 mm) diameter; height: 2 1/8 inches (53 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907.
AZ018
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Signed with initials, "M.G." and dated "1525" on back of plate.
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Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan from Jacques Seligmann & Co., 1907.
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The dancing putti on this dish (tondino) are based on Marcantonio Raimondi's print Dance of Cupids, traditionally considered to be after a drawing by Raphael (now lost) made ca. 1515. The putti wear coral necklaces designed to ward off evil and disease. The dish bears on the reverse the initials Mo Go and the date 1525. It is the work of an accomplished artist active in the workshop of Maestro Giorgio da Gubbio, who was the chief practitioner of the luster technique in Gubbio at the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century.

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Group of putti playing and dancing on field. The putto in the center plays a double flute.

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