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Dish with two lovers

ca. 1520–50
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Overall (confirmed): 3 5/8 × 16 5/8 in. (9.2 × 42.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1884
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The likely contexts for the display of large dishes are not easily identified. Clues might be found in a dish's subject matter, which was often either amorous—as with this embracing couple—or religious. Both subjects are essentially domestic, lending themselves to the private spaces of a wealthy home. The metallic sheen on this dish, the result of a difficult technique called lustering, would have made it all the more desirable to a Renaissance patron.
possibly Sir Andrew Fountaine , London, or ; possibly Henry G. Marquand
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