The ceremonial plate belongs to the amatory earthenware, some precious 16th century examples of which are on display in the Ceramics Museum in Deruta. This type of plate portrays a beautiful woman within a border divided into radial segments with imbrications and garlands of flowers. According to Giulio Busti, this is one of the distinctive works in the tradition of Umbrian maiolica. The spolvero technique is used in ceramic art to make an outline by pricking holes on a thin piece of paper, which is then dusted with charcoal leaving the pattern on the piece to be painted.
The famous ceremonial plate turns into a mirror, so you take the place of the beautiful women portrayed in the centre: the mirror has kept the irregular radial segments round the border with patterns which interpret the geometric construction of the “tiles” in a dialogue with the coloured brush strokes. Embroidered cashmere on the ceramic surface recalls the tool used for the spolvero technique with a pattern of tiny holes.