A Castelli maiolica dish, circa 1680-1700.

The well of the dish is decorated with a scene of huntsmen, including one on horseback, and dogs cornering a wild boar in a hilly, wooded landscape. The rim is painted with three putti and a bird amidst scrolling foliage and flowers, 33cm. diameter. The scene is taken from a detail of an engraving by the artist Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). It is one of a series of hunting scenes produced by Tempesta, who was employed as a design source by many ceramics factories and particularly favoured by successive generations of Castelli painters.

REFERENCE: CER0705

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