Majolica from the 17th century

The “whites” decorated in “compendiario” style went on to be widely produced in the 17th century, these artifacts were shaped both in a sumptuous baroque style and in simple forms for everyday objects such as pharmacy or devotional vessels and tiles. This century was also characterized by decorative recurring subjects and motifs typical of the Renaissance: “istoriato”, “quartered”, “trophies”, “Raphaelesque” and “leaves”, painted on a grey-blue glaze called “berettino”.

The figurative style also included popular works, with sketched decoration and brilliant colors, such as the vessels from Viterbo, decorated with saints and female busts, from Montelupo with the “Harlequins”, typical characters wearing regional costumes. Among the emblematic subjects of the 17th century there was a conspicuous “calligraphic” repertoire characterized by little vegetal and zoomorphic motifs. Outstanding manufactures in Savona and Albisola produced a “calligraphic” style characterized by a blue color that was inspired by the Chinese porcelains sent to the western and Islamic markets and by their imitations. This style perfected in Liguria, with  naturalistic traits, was appreciated for its originality and was imitated by other ceramic centers  such as Turin, Pavia and Deruta.


Faenza, sec. XVII


cm 21.6 x 18.5