Among the most popular and enduring Italian majolica
patterns, the classic 'Raffaellesco' traces its origin
to 16th century, and the graceful arabesques of
Raphael's famous frescoes.
The stylized dragon of the central motif was reputedly
painted first by Raphael, a master painter and architect
of the Italian High Renaissance.
Raffaellesco is a benevolent deity who bestows good luck
and fair winds to seagoing merchants, thus the puffs of
wind steaming from the dragon’s mouth.