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18th Century Italian Maiolica Dish Milano, circa 1770



A Maiolica dish, "Famille Rose" and gold decoration Felice Clerici factory Milan, 1770-1780 8.93 in (22.27 cm) in diameter lb 0.66 (kg 0.3) State of conservation: perfect, except for slight chipping at the edges The dish is rare example of a service produced by the factory of Felice Clerici (1710-1780) in Milan. Felice Clerici had opened his own factory in Milan in 1745, inserting himself into the new European stylistic trend which saw Maiolica becoming a Fine product like porcelain. The Milanese entrepreneur worked in the early period with high fire furnaces, declaring only in 1759 that he had purchased "the secrets of the paintings by force of money," by which he meant he now could obtain colors with a greater chromatic range with a low fire. The dish belonged to a particularly refined assortment, which, thanks to the lightly blue glaze and the skilful use of the palette, ought to give the impression of resembling completely the contemporary Chinese works. The plate is a fund with an especially thin thickness, smooth edge and a barely detectable ring foot. Along the edge there is a thin orange and gold band with a chain of small spirals whereas along the brim there is a typical oriental decoration with peonies and chrysanthemums and minor florets. The flounce hosts a motif "in reserves" centered inside alternating flower and trellis motifs on pink and green backgrounds; among the other elements some flowers made in gold Stand out. In the center an oriental floral ornament is developed around a sturdy branch. On the back the "fraction" brand by Felice Clerici in black. Raffella Ausenda, while cataloging a Maiolica in the same model as ours, conserved in the collections of the Museo di Arti Applicate del Castello in Milan (to which we refer for comparison), highlights that the ornamentation is directly inspired by Chinese porcelain from the Kang'hsi period known as "Famille Rose". The Clerici manufacture had in fact such a technical command of colors that it could perfectly imitate the oriental models even thanks to the aid of painters such as Giuseppe Sormani and Giacomo Facchetti who “painted with enamel in gold and silver colors. They imitate and accompany porcelain". Many examples for comparison are kept in the main European museum collections including a famous tureen that bears the coat of arms of the Marquis Olivera. This leads us to a certain chronological collocation of 1771, the year the emblem was registered in the Teresian heraldic codes. (Ausenda, R., a cura di, Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo d’Arti Applicate. Le ceramiche. Tomo secondo. Milano 2001, pp. 349, n. 335 and related bibliography).


  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.11 in. (2.8 cm)Diameter: 8.77 in. (22.27 cm)
  • Style
    Rococo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1770
  • Condition
    Minor fading. Almost perfect, except for slight chipping at the edges.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4352214025682

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