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Guido Durantino

Maiolica plate made in the workshop of Guido Durantino in Urbino, Italy

1535

Tin-glazed earthenware

Inscription: Le Piche favoleg / giano nella festa / di Baccho / in botega di Mo. Guido / Durantino in Urbino [in blue, on the verso, identifying the plate’s obverse scene and maker]

Museum number: B47

Curatorial note

This plate is from a maiolica service of tableware made for Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567), a celebrated soldier who became in turn Marshal of France (1522), Governor of Languedoc (1526) and finally Constable of France (1537), for his residence, the Chateau d'Écouen, near Paris. Only 19 pieces of this large service survive, in museums throughout Europe and America. All are painted with mythological subjects typical of “istoriato”, a style of High Renaissance maiolica painting prioritising narrative images from Classical mythology or the Bible. Each piece bears the Montmorency coat of arms. On the plates this is placed directly above the central roundel. The Montmorency service was the first major “istoriato” series painted for a foreign patron and it is possible that it was a diplomatic gift from Italy to one of the most influential men in France.

The story depicted on the Soane plate is that of the three daughters of Minyas from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book IV, who refuse to observe the rituals of the feast of Bacchus and remain indoors, spinning and telling stories, and who are eventually turned into bats as punishment.

Literature

Michael Newman, 'Le service de majolique d'Anne de Montmorency Connétable de France', L'estampille (Dijon) 204 (June 1987): 61, no. 13.
Le dressoir du prince: Services d'apparat à la Renaissance, exhibition catalogue, Musée national de la Renaissance, Château d'Ecouen,1995

Exhibition history

Le Dressoir du Prince, Musée National de la Renaissance, Écouen, October 1995 - March 1996


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