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Dish with angel

ca. 1510–30
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Overall (confirmed): 3 1/4 × 15 1/2 in. (8.3 × 39.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
Not on view
Small religious pictures were considered an essential component of the Renaissance domestic interior, as they provided opportunities for private worship. This display dish converts a large public image—the angel is borrowed from a famous fresco painting in Perugia—into one designed for quiet reflection in the home. The addition of a book underscores the purpose of this image as a model for the viewer, who might imitate the pious angel by studying a devotional text.
Inscription: Stickers on underside: [1] C 1956; [2] 92.

Written in ink on underside: [1] 92; [2] pA (?)

Marking: Unmarked
Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (until d. 1920) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given to the MMA in exchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards [carnets de bal] from the J. P. Morgan collection ]
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