Deruta: Italian hand painted Tableware and Ceramics
The local clay in Deruta was good for ceramics, whose production began in the Early Middle Ages, but found its artistic peak in the 15th and early 16th century, with highly characteristic local styles, such as the "Bella Donna" plates with conventional portraits. But from the beginning of the 16th century, Deruta compensated with its metallic lustre glazes in golds and ruby red. In the 16th century Deruta produced the so-called "Rafaellesque" ware, decorated with fine arabesques on a fine white ground.
Deruta continues to produce some of the finest handpainted Italian tableware and ceramics..