Peacock-Pattern Dish
Peacock-Pattern Dish
Part of The J. Paul Getty Museum permanent collection, located in Los Angeles, California. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. Peacock-Pattern Dish Unknown Italian, possibly Faenza, 1470 - 1500 Tin-glazed earthenware H: 2 1/2 x Diam.: 15 3/8 in. 84.DE.103 This is an unusually shaped plate with a small, slightly raised center and wide, sloping sides. It is brilliantly decorated in dark and light blue, copper green, bright ocher, and manganese purple. A bold, eight-pointed whorl of tapering leaves and peacock feathers surrounds a star and flower medallion in the center. The peacock-feather motif may refer to Cassandra Pavoni (pavone means peacock), the lover of Galeotto Manfredi, lord of Faenza in the late fifteenth century. Very few objects with designs that are purely ornamental--without coats of arms, animals, or portraits-- have survived. Since plates, vases, drug jars, and jugs painted in this style were often produced for daily use they were frequently broken or chipped. This dish is in such good condition that it was probably used as a display piece. The purpose of the two small holes at the edge of the plate is unclear although they may have been used to suspend the plate for display. Text from
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