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Dish: C.4-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Manises pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in cobalt-blue and copper lustre

Earthenware, tin-glazed, and painted in cobalt-blue and copper lustre. Circular with flat rim, vertical sides, and flat central area. In the centre there is a heater-shaped shield bearing the arms per fesse azure and or a lion rampant countercharged within a blue spirally-entwined circle, from which eight curling sprays of bryony flowers and parsley-like leaves radiate towards another spirally entwined circle. The sides are decorated in lustre only, and the rim in blue and lustre with scrolling and wavying sprays of similar flowers and leaves. The back is decorated in lustre only with a central six-petalled flower surrounded by circlets and dots


History note: Possibly Émile Gaillard collection, sold Paul Chevallier, Paris, 8-16 June 1904, Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité de la Renaissance, tapisseries, tableaux anciens composant la Collection Émile Gaillard et dont la vente aura lieu à Paris en son hôtel, 1, Place Malesherbes, pp. 96-7, lot 411, illustrated, d. 42.5 cm. Sir Otto Beit, Bart., KCMG (1865-1930); sold by his daughter, Lady Monro, Sotheby's, 15 December 1961, Important Hispano-Moresque Pottery, p. 5, lot 3, illustrated

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund and a contribution from the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Manises ⪼ Valencia ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1991-04-29) by Sotheby's


Third quarter of 15th Century
Circa 1450 CE - 1475 CE


The arms are those of a Tuscan family, perhaps of the Scarperia. They are also reminiscent of the arms of the Nori family of Florence, but the colours of the upper and lower parts of the shield are reversed.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of reduced pigment lustre ( copper-coloured) cobalt-blue
Rim Diameter 42.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in cobalt-blue and copper lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1961
Primary reference Number: 137635
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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