Pattern for the Decoration of a Majolica Dish

Pattern for the Decoration of a Majolica Dish

Pattern for the Decoration of a Majolica Dish
Battista Franco (known as Semolei) (about 1498-1561)
Italy
16th century
Ink and wash, concentric circles drawn with a compass on laid paper
Diameter 26 cm
Museum no. 2404

A dish is known with the pattern of putti around the rim but it has a different central composition. Only half of the rim pattern is drawn as the majolica painter will have known to paint in a mirror image.