A Castel Durante ‘Bella Donna’ dish, circa 1530.

The bust of a woman, her head inclined to the left, wearing a yellow head scarf and a brown dress with slashed bodice and a chain necklace, the scroll behind is inscribed “Antonia Bella”, the dish mounted in a turned black painted wood frame, the reverse is inscribed in the handwriting of Brownlow, the ninth Earl of Exeter with “Naples 1763”, diameter 23.5cm, depth 10cm.

1763 Inventory:  “the bed chamber, 2’d George Room…….2 Old painted Dishes in Black Frames”.


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