European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Dish with a Portrait of OrsellaMade in Deruta, Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Italian
Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
2007-187-3125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 2003
LabelThe B following the name Orsella stands for bella, meaning beautiful. The portrait of the young man on the rim, positioned so that he is facing the young woman, suggests that this dish was made to commemorate a betrothal or marriage.
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