Description In the center roundel of this dish, Saint Jerome kneels to the left and gazes at a crucifix. A lion, the saint’s traditional attribute, is shown to the left. Depictions of Saint Jerome doing penance were popular with the public throughout the 1500s and therefore with painters, including maiolica painters (see, for example, 48.1343 and 48.1504). The rim is decorated with a repeating pattern of serrated leaves, with a bud surmounted by a horizontal leaf between each, painted in gold and ruby luster. On the back, the letter “F” is painted in ruby luster, surrounded by crooks irregularly spaced on the outer ring. The “F” probably identifies the workshop where the luster was applied. This ware was likely produced in Gubbio, a center for maiolica production known for its luster glazes. For more on the luster technique, see 48.1320; for “maiolica,” see 48.1336.
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris [date of acqusition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On the center back, in ruby lustre: F
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912
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