Cup with polychrome decoration a istoriato, representing the loves of Mars and Venus with four loves.
Possible attribution to Francesco Durantino who worked in the workshop of Guido di Merlino between 1543 and 1547.
ITALY, Urbino,16th century
Diameter :25,3 cm.
*Mars, god of war, only renounces bearing arms when he's in love especially with Venus, whom he holds here in his arms, before being surprised by Vulcan.
Provenance: private collection.
Dish representing Proserpine and her companions by Francesco Durantino in the Gillet Collection: Carola Fiocco, Gabriella Gherardi, Sfeir-Fakhri, Italian Majolica from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Lyon, n°169 p.253. Ed.Faton, Dijon 2001.
Another dish with Proserpine by Francesco Durantino dated 1544 in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, inv. n° F3512. Elena Ivanova, catalogue of the exhibition of the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, n°53 p. 82. Ed. Electa, Milano 2003.
A dish from Urbino, glossy in Gubbio, presents faces with lowered eyelids like our cup: A.V.B. Norman, Catalogue of Ceramics 1, Wallace Collection, n°c98 p.202, The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London 1976.
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