Italian Majolica Deruta Pottery Vase - Sgraffito Dragons, Flowers and a Diamond
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Deruta is a small town in the heart of Umbria, Italy, famous for its fine pottery. This vase has hand painted sgraffito (carved) designs in the classic Raffaellesco pattern. By tradition, the designs were inspired by Raphael's frescoes in the Vatican Palace. The dragons are supposed to bring good luck; in folklore, they saved a becalmed sailing ship by blowing on its sails (the ones on this vase are puffing away), so having a piece of Deruta majolica brings good fortune to your home.
All Deruta pieces are hand made; this one was hand thrown, not molded, the potter's finger ridges easily felt on the inside. Genuine Deruta pottery is always marked, as this one is on the bottom, with the single word "Deruta" painted in black. This colorful, charming mid-century vase measures 6 1/4 inches tall, has a 13 1/2 inch circumference at the shoulder (about 4 1/2 inches across), a 2 inch diameter mouth and a 2 1/2 inch wide base. It weighs a little over 1 pound and is in superb condition, with no cracks or chips and no discernible wear to the paint. It's a beautiful old majolica vase that adds an Italian flair to your decorating.
>>>The Italian fresco print by Fratelli Alinari shown in our photographs is available here:
and the Murano glass bowl by Fratelli Toso also shown in our photos is available here: