Italian (probably Deruta)
early 17th century

Object Place: Genoa, Italy


5.08 cm (2 in.) h., 18 1/2 in. diameter

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

Not On View





Dark brown clay. Circular with slightly domed center, convex concentric band and fluted sides molded to form 24 concave lozenges, terminated at right angle by ribbed border. “Caligrafico naturalistico” style of decoration with central motif of hound pursuing hare through profusion of bending plant forms is followed by band of birds and luxuriant flowers and fully developed in larger panel of the hunt. On either side of hounds pursuing hare and deer is Persian rock form surmounted by tree and flanked by rampant beasts. Border repeats feathery plant forms with hare and birds in flight. Blue and burnt sienna over green on white ground. Back: grayish-white crackled glaze.


By 1966, F. Ildebrando Bossi, Genoa; 1967, sold by Bossi to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 11, 1967)

Credit Line

Gift of the Class of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mrs. Arthur L. Devens, Chairman