Soup plate with wide everted brim trough with ingiro and wide low cable; sunken support
Painted majolica in polychrome; blue tesa painted with small graffito incisions showing the white of the background majolica and sub-painted in to “trophies” of musical genre bianchetto motive; on the right above a drum two cylinders, each with the letter "P", and double "P". On a bright yellow background a "winged Putto" (Love) advancing" to the left on a green field has the face turned to the right. The undressed body enclosed by a contour line is painted in large veils from white to pink. The figure has a nice and smiling face, curly hair on his forehead, and holds his hands to the left. The winged figure has blue and yellow feathers. The depiction ends with a bare plant having an almost manganese black fence at the bottom. Undecorated ivory majolica rear.
Ø cm. 23; h. cm. 4; brim cm.5
Condi .: excellent.
Casteldurante Urbania, Angelo and Ludovico Picchi workshop, sec. XVI, half.
There are many news about the two Picchi brothers who worked first in Casteldurante and from 1565ca in Rome, among which the ordination in 1548 by Nicola Canizia of one thousand and five hundred majolicas decorated "trophies" and " alla veneziana " Palermo market, highlighting the workshop fame (Gardelli 2014, page 24). Although the musical or warlike "trophies" decoration persisted in Casteldurante until the seventeenth century, the extraordinary quality of the painting in the present dish, brings the pictorial genre back to its beginnings; in particular, it is legitimate to attribute it to the Canizia order to the two Picchi brothers, whose initials could be recognized in the two "p" in the cylinders above the drum. There are many comparisons with important majolica in various museums and private collections (ITALIKA, Formica etc.) but in general the cherubs are not obtained with a well-marked contour line as in the present, signing a remarkable artist, operating in the Picchi shop, and that perhaps he signs with a fence.
[C. Fiocco - G. Gherardi, , La maiolica Rinascimentale di Casteldurante. Collezione Saide e Mario Formica, Iesi 1997, passim; G. Gardelli, ITALIKA. Maiolica Italiana del Rinascimento. Saggi e Studi, Faenza 1999, .nn.138.139; C. Leonardi-M. Moretti, I Picchi maiolicari da Casteldurante a Roma, Sant'Angelo in Vado 2002, passim; G. Gardelli, Il corredo apotecario di Roccavaldina: una brocchetta stemmata ripropone l’enigma della committenza, in Proceedings of the conference " Le maioliche del Museo Farmacia di Roccavaldina e la farmacopea in Sicilia dal Rinascimento ad oggi ", 12 October 2013, Roccavaldina 2014, p. 24.