- Museum number
Salt, triangular with slightly concave sides with three feet formed as dolphins. Earthenware covered entirely with a presumed tin-glaze. Upper surface painted with six winged putti holding up three shields of arms each with a moor's head and ensigned with a papal umbrella. In the centre in bianco sopra bianco a daisy and the inscription.Edges now covered with a gilt-copper mount. On the sides grotesques and the date. The arms are for Pucci of Florence.
- Production date
Diameter: 15.70 centimetres
Height: 6.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Sold Christie's, 5-30 April, 1855, Bernal Sale, lot 2081.
See D. Thornton, 'Maiolica Production in Renaissance Italy' in Pottery in the Making: World Ceramic Traditions (London, BMP, 1997), pp.116-21; and T. Wilson, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance (London BMP, 1987), p.56, no.74.
For four Venetian glass dishes and a pilgrim flask enamelled with the Pucci arms see Newby 2003, figs 1,2,4 (full bibliographical record given under other maiolica pieces with Pucci arms).
Bibliography: Hausmann 1972 p.270.
See also similar salt triangular with depression for egg, salt and oil and something else, by Xanto signed FXAR from Althorp at Christies 8 July 2010 lot 114 sold for £26,000
- On display (G46/dc4)
- Exhibition history
2007 25 Jan-15 Apr, London, Wallace Collection, Xanto: Pottery-painter, Poet, Man of the Renaissance
1995 18 Oct-1996 19 Feb, France, Musée Nationale de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen, Le Dressoir du Prince, cat.no.54, p.112.
1989 12 Sep-15 Oct, Glasgow, Art Gallery & Museum, Ceramics for the Italian Renaissance
1989 22 Jan-2 Apr, Stoke-on-Trent, City Museum & Art Gallery, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BL.2081