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One of the lead­ing ceram­ics deal­ers at the Bi­en­nale was Al­tomani & Sons of Mi­lan, which at­tracted con­sid­er­able mu­seum in­ter­est, with not just a rar­ity, but ap­par­ently an unique piece from the Casino di San Marco, where the Medici Grand Duke Francesco I (reigned 1574–87) had a pot­tery, as well as pietra dura work­shops and a lab­o­ra­tory. The piece was a gut­ta­toio, or fan­ci­ful 13½in long­boat, mod­elled in maiolica by Leonardo Bet­tisi of Faenza, called Don Pino, some time be­tween 1568 and 1588. On the prow was a shield with the Medici arms sup­ported by strange sea nymphs, and it stood on dol­phin feet.

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