The wash basin and jug was part of the amatory pottery trousseau which was particularly popular in the Renaissance. These large trays were not only for celebrations and decoration, but they were also practical. Today, many of these artistic, handmade articles of Umbrian origin are housed in some of the world’s major museums, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan in New York.
The shapes of the basin are reinterpreted in this product with a large serving dish, which takes centre stage on the table so that more than one person can dip into it at the same time. The tray is for use in public premises and in the home. The object consists of a lower plate in the unusual shape of a ring which recalls some traditional forms and a raised bowl, in which an ingredient or an accompaniment to the main dish can be served.