Renaissance Decorative Arts Highlights

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The collection comprises wonderful examples of Italian Renaissance ceramics – called ‘maiolica’ – including splendid examples of lustreware from Gubbio and Deruta and vibrantly painted dishes and vases decorated with biblical stories. Highlights of the collection are the world-renowned pair of wedding chests made for a famous merchant family in Florence in the 1470s, known as the Morelli-Nerli chests. It is the only pair of wedding chests in existence to have survived with their original backboards (spaliere in Italian). Not only are they splendid artworks in their own right but as they are fully documented pieces, they are also revealing artefacts of the age, both in terms of their function and how the various artisans and artists collaborated on making them.

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