Hispano-Moresque Basin

Object Details


Hispano-Moresque Basin






Valencia region, Manises, Spain (Place created)


mid-15th century


Tin-glazed earthenware with copper luster


49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)

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The radiating leaf, flower, and tendril decoration of this dish is characteristic of Valencian pottery, as is the golden-brown luster. Artisans created the iridescent luster surface by firing metal oxides onto ceramic objects in a special "reduction" firing, in which the kiln was starved of oxygen. Renaissance patrons prized lustered ceramics not only for their shimmering surfaces but also for their seeming transformation of base materials into gold--the dream of alchemists since the Middle Ages.

The center of this dish is inscribed with the monogram IHSfor Iesus Hominum Salvator(Jesus the Savior of Men), the monogram that Saint Bernard of Siena held up for veneration at the end of his sermons. The dish may have been used as a serving trencher at a table or, given its large size, elaborate decoration, and excellent condition, for display on a sideboard.


Leonardo Lapiccirella (Florence, Italy)

- 1985

Private Collection [sold, Christie's, London, July 1, 1985, lot 270, to Rainer Zietz, Limited.]


Rainer Zietz Limited, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Italian Renaissance Maiolica from the William A. Clark Collection (March 5 to May 17, 1987)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), March 5 to May 17, 1987

Conti, Giovanni. L'arte della maiolica in Italia (Milan, 1973) pl. 8.

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Musacchio, Jacqueline Marie. The Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy (New Haven 1999) p. 93, fig. 74.

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Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001) no. 383.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Ceramics: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) pp. 24-29, no. 2.

Hess, Catherine, ed. The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Musuem, 2004) pp. 114-15, pl. 20.