Raffaellesco Majolica Italian Ceramics

Raffaellesco is considered a lucky Italian ceramic collection.  In the 16th century Deruta produced the so-called "Rafaellesque" ware, decorated with fine arabesques and grottesche on a fine white ground. The Raffaellesco pattern was inspired by Raphael’s 16th century frescoes in the Vatican palace. The Dragon which is the central motif of the pattern is believed to symbolise a benevolent deity who bestowed good luck and fair winds to seagoing merchants.