Maiolica Dish by Federigo of Modena

This dish is the largest maiolica dish that is known to exist.


73.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£325 ( Total: £650)
Acquired in:
H E Backer

It depicts three separate hunting scenes in an Italian landscape, with figures pursuing a wild boar, stag and hare. In the foreground stands a man with a falcon on his wrist and above another one aims a musket at birds in the sky. The scene is very large and colourful. The dish bears the dated signatures of both the painter - Alessandro di Giorgio pf Faenza, 1593 - and the potter - Federigo of Modena, 1594. Neither of these individuals is otherwise recorded. The gap between the painting and the firing process has plausibly been explained by the need of the potter to find a solution to performing his task on so large an object. Though its origin is uncertain, the dish is now thought to have been made in Montelupo, west of Florence.

Artists include


Alexander Barker, Sir Francis Cook Bart, Lord Lee of Fareham, King Baudoin of Belgium, H.E.Backer.

Venue details

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Bohemia Road, HASTINGS East Sussex TN34 1ET 01424 451 052

Entry details

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