INSIDE ART: Maiolica sculptural inkstand, Pietà

This inkstand is not about the ink but the maiolica, a type of tin-glazed earthenware known for its ‘storied’ wares showing narrative religious or mythological scenes. Art curator and historian Monserrat Pis Marcos from The Holburne Museum gives us some background to the piece by Patanazzi and to the impressive collection of maiolica once owned by August de Montferrand from whom Sir William Holburne bought the piece. This maiolica sculptural group portrays the dead Christ lying on his mother’s lap. The Virgin … Continue reading INSIDE ART: Maiolica sculptural inkstand, Pietà