Plate with a Portrait of a Gentleman

c. 1500-1510

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This plate is an example of incised slipware—a technique in which clay was coated with a pale-colored slip and decorated by scratching away part of the slip to reveal the darker body beneath. Although produced in the same kilns as maiolica, slipware did not require the additional expense of importing tin.

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  • Title: Plate with a Portrait of a Gentleman
  • Date Created: c. 1500-1510
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 32.4 cm (12 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: (Charles Damiron, Lyon).
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1966.128
  • Medium: red earthenware, incised slipware
  • Fun Fact: Incised slipware is an ancient technique of decorating ceramics that dates back to the Tang dynasty in China (618-907).
  • Department: Decorative Art and Design
  • Culture: Italy, Ferrara, early 16th Century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Damiron
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession Number: 1966.128

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