Dish painted with Hector of Troy and Chinese Birds by Unknown Artist

The dish is arguably the finest piece of early English tin-glazed earthenware in existence and it's quality rivals the Italian maiolica that inspired both its technique and decoration.


Tin-glazed earthenware
Diameter: 34.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£46,917 ( Total: £109,250)
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It is also interesting due to its combination of Renaissance and Chinese decoration with identified design sources. The centre of the dish is finely painted with a man in an elaborate suit of armour copied in reverse from an engraving of Hector of Troy by the Nuremberg printmaker Virgil Solis (1514-62). The border, which is probably by another hand, is painted with a design of birds on rocks copied from Chinese export porcelain of about 1572-1620.


Jonathan Horne; Simon Sainsbury, 1999.

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V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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