The Wallace Collection

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The Virgin and Child enthroned
  • Figure
  • The Virgin and Child enthroned
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Gubbio, Italy
  • c. 1510 - 1520
  • Tin-glazed earthenware, painted and lustred
  • Object size: 45.8 x 25.8 x 9.5 cm
  • C25
  • Smoking Room
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  • Apparently serene, this image of the Virgin and Child enthroned under a canopy in fact alludes to Christ’s Crucifixion, for the Child holds a bird, symbol of the soul’s flight after death. Small devotional reliefs, displayed in homes and on street corners, were popular in Italy until quite recently. This shrine is one of only four devotional reliefs set within Gothic niches to survive in maiolica. The small Umbrian town of Gubbio was renowned for its lustrewares at this period, especially the distinctive red used here together with a golden brown lustre. Maiolica reliefs decorated with lustre are extremely rare.