The Umbrian town of Deruta was an important center of maiolica production and was particularly famous for its display plates—especially those bearing images of lovely women. Here, confident lines describe a graceful feminine profile. Dishes such as this example functioned as a circular picture, with the patterned rim enclosing and enhancing the central image, not unlike a framed panel painting.
Inscription: Inscribed within scroll to left of woman: LA / VITA • ELF / N / E • ELDI • LODA / LAS / E / R / A [trans.: La vita el fin, e 'il di loda la sera; The end crowns life, as the evening crowns the day.]
Alessandro Castellani , Rome (by 1876–78; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 27–29, 1878, no. 143; perhaps sold to C. D. E. Fortnum, who may have returned it to Castellani); perhaps Charles Drury Edward Fortnum (from 1878) ; Alessandro Castellani , Rome (until d. 1883; his sale, Palazzo Castellani, Rome, March 17–April 10, 1884, pt. 2, no. 21; sold for 2,350 lire [approxuimately $470], to "Villegas," perhaps acting for Henry G. Marquand); Henry G. Marquand (until 1894; to MMA)