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Post by ClaraIreland2 on July 3rd 2015, 12:38 pm

26 cm diameter antique plate which I think is Italian. It has a central depiction of a God in the clouds together with a phoenix like bird. The border is a series of what looks like oranges and putti. Can you help me to identify the maker, its age and who the God might be. Many thanks

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Post by NaomiM on July 3rd 2015, 6:22 pm

Looks Italian. Difficult to know the age as they've been making them for about 300 years, but the lack of a mark points to a late 19thC date. Seems a bit too well preserved for an earlier date.
I don't know who it's; seems to bel scene from Greek mythology maybe

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Post by hercules brabazon on July 3rd 2015, 11:57 pm

It might be St John the Evangelist, with his symbol, the eagle.
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Post by r-and-f on July 4th 2015, 8:48 pm

This is Castelli maiolica from Abruzzo, Italy. You can google the name to find lots of images of similar plates.

Afraid I don't know the subject of the picture but it's an "istoriato" piece which tells a religious or mythological story.

I suggest you take it to show to a reputable dealer or auctioneer to get it authenticated, because if it's the real thing from around the middle of the eighteenth century (which it might very well be), it's a very desirable object for maiolica collectors. Experts can often tell from the style of painting which workshop produced the piece.

As you might be able to tell, I'm dead jealous!

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Post by ClaraIreland2 on July 5th 2015, 12:00 pm

Thank you to everyone who has responded with information about this plate. I am very grateful. I will be taking your advice and researching this further. Best wishes and many thanks to 20th Century Forum. Ann
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 5th 2015, 8:55 pm

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Post by skay on July 5th 2015, 9:13 pm

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 5th 2015, 10:17 pm

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Post by r-and-f on July 5th 2015, 11:31 pm

I'll be interested to hear the outcome . . .
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