Plate (tondino)

Earthenware plate with two nude figures talking in the center, surrounded by a design of half-human, half-animal figures on the outside.

Plate (tondino)
Nevers, ca. 1640
Attributed to the workshop of Antoine Conrade
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
Diam. 11 1/4 in. (28.7 cm)
Cat. 10
© Beylard, Ferrier and Lewandowski
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Related to cat. 11

 
The allegory of a river, with a naked woman leaning on an amphora from which water is flowing, and sitting opposite her, a naked man, possibly representing Earth, decorates the center of this plate. On the other plate is a different allegory of a river depicted as a bearded man. Both scenes are surrounded by colorful satyrs, winged figures, horses, and trophies, all painted on a white ground. Although the decoration of these plates derives from maiolica made in Urbino about 1560−80, it is treated here in the paler palette characteristic of French potters.