Traditionally, a charger is a large platter or plate, usually circular or oval, used for serving meat. Today, a charger plate is larger than a dinner plate but smaller than a platter. At a formal dinner, the charger plate is placed at each setting and is generally removed after the first course, when the main […]

Charger “Julius Caesar Offering Food and Wine to the Roman People”

The scene on this plate depicts the Emperor Julius Caesar offering food and wine to the Roman people. It is probably based on a drawing by the artist Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-66). Zuccaro designed specifically for majolica workshops, and his drawings are known to have been used regularly by Urbino majolica painters. The scene is an […]