Maiolica dish: The Departure of Ceyx by Unknown Artist

This dish is one of the first maiolica dishes to be painted in the istoriato (narrative) style.


Tin glazed earthenware
Diameter: 29 cm
Art Fund grant:
Acquired in:
Marquess of Cholmondeley

The dish portrays a scene from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book 11, in which King Ceyx ignores the pleas of his wife Alcyone and sets out on a voyage on which he will be drowned. It is set within an elaborate border featuring putti, fruit and flowers, vases, and cornucopias.


Baron Gustave de Rothschild, Paris by 1865; by descent.

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