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Floor Tile from the Lombardini Chapel: C.4.1-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Floor Tile from the Lombardini Chapel


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Maiolica fragment of a trapezoidal floor or pavement tile, painted in dark blue and yellow with the oak tree of the Della Rovere family.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the upper surface and painted in dark blue and yellow. Approximately triangular fragment of a trapezoidal tile, the lower part embedded in cement. Painted in yellow with the oak tree of the Della Rovere family reserved in a dark blue ground.


History note: From the collection of Henry Wallis; given to Bernard Rackham by Wallis's son, Harold Wallis of Purley. See Bernard Rackham's notebook accompanying his bequest of sherds, p. 11, C for this tile. He noted that he thought it might have been given to Wallis by a former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, but that this was conjecture. Wallis might have acquired it in Italy, perhaps from Forlì.

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Bequeathed by Bernard Rackham

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.2 cm
Height: 6.9 cm
Width: 11.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Romagna ⪼ Italy
  • Forlì ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964) by Rackham, Bernard


Early 16th Century
Circa 1513 CE - 1523 CE


From the tile pavement comissioned by Bartolomeo Lombardini (1430-1512) for the chapel he had built in the now demolished church of San Francesco Grande, Forlì.

Probably made in Forlì or in Faenza

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and yellow)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.1-1964
Primary reference Number: 15563
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

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

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