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One of the most famous and important groups of 16th-century maiolica factories patronized by the Dukes of Urbino. Although the term is now applied only to the factories in and around Urbino, it originally also included other factories in the Duchy of Urbino such as those at Castel Durante and Gubbio. The greatest Urbino potters working in the istoriato style (often based on reproductive prints by masters such as Marcantonio Raimondi) were Guido Fontana, who set up his establishment in the 1520s, and F. X. Avelli. Around 1560 a new style of grotesque maiolica decoration, derived from Raphael, was introduced at the Fontana factory and featured designs painted in orange and other colours on a milky-white ground.

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