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Dish with a Peacock Feather Pattern

Object Details


Dish with a Peacock Feather Pattern






Deruta (probably), Italy (Place Created)


about 1470–1500


Tin-glazed earthenware

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6.4 × 39.1 cm (2 1/2 × 15 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

This is an unusually shaped plate with a small, slightly raised center and wide, sloping sides. It is brilliantly decorated in dark and light blue, copper green, bright ocher, and manganese purple. A bold, eight-pointed whorl of tapering leaves and peacock feathers surrounds a star and flower medallion in the center. The peacock-feather motif may refer to Cassandra Pavoni ( pavonemeans peacock), the lover of Galeotto Manfredi, lord of Faenza in the late fifteenth century.

Very few objects with designs that are purely ornamental-- without coats of arms, animals, or portraits-- have survived. Since plates, vases, drug jars, and jugs painted in this style were often produced for daily use they were frequently broken or chipped. This dish is in such good condition that it was probably used as a display piece. The purpose of the two small holes at the edge of the plate is unclear although they may have been used to suspend the plate for display.


Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Bart., Kt., 1818 - 1878 (Keir (near Stirling), Scotland), by inheritance to William Joseph Stirling.

- 1946

Lt. Col. William Joseph Stirling of Keir, 1911 - 1983 (Keir (near Stirling), Scotland) [sold, Sotheby's, London, June 18, 1946, lot 79, to F.D. Lycett- Green.]
Source: This information comes from an annotated Sotheby's catalogue.

1946 - 1960

F. D. Lycett-Green (Goudhurst, Kent, England) [sold, Sotheby's, London, October 14, 1960, lot 24 (with incorrect provenance), to Robert Strauss.]

1960 - 1976

Robert Strauss (London, England) [sold, The Robert Strauss Collection of Italian Maiolica, Christie's, London, June 21, 1976, lot 14, to Cyril Humphris.]

1976 -

Cyril Humphris, S.A. (London, England), sold to Rainer Zietz Limited.

- 1984

Rainer Zietz Limited, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

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
French Master Drawings (December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992