Renaissance Maiolica at the Museo Correr
November 2017: Venice in Peril Fund adopted eighteen pieces of Renaissance Maiolica in the Museo Correr. Specialist conservation treatment cost £18,000.
They form part of the 120 piece collection, most of which was put together by Teodoro Correr (1750-1830) and subsequently bequeathed to the city. The collection is the subject of a new display and catalogue proposed for later in 2019..
In the Venice in Peril Fund Winter 2017 Newsletter, which you can read here, Timothy Wilson, Honorary Curator of the Ashmolean, wrote about the significance of the collection and about the seventeen plates with scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses made in Urbino about 1520-23 by Nicola da Urbino, which are the treasures of the Correr collection, but which do not form part of the Venice in Peril Fund project.
The pieces that were in need of treatment are for the most part display objects which would have been arranged on buffets in private palaces. There are 14 round dishes, two trilobe dishes, one pierced dish with a raised foot and a ewer.
The work has been carried out by the Conservation Department of the MIC, Museo Internazionale di Ceramica at Faenza where the maiolica is now on show until 12 May.
Click here to see the conservation in progress .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hetPE4Sa9wE