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Bowl with broad rim: M.16-1951

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: uncertain (Possibly)




Copper, enamelled and gilt

Copper, enamelled in dark blue, dark green, turquoise, red, and white, and gilded. Circular with a broad rim, slightly upturned at the edge, a deep curved well, with a slightly convex central medallion, standing on a footring. The central medallion is decorated with a gold rosette on a dark green ground. The sides of the well are white decorated in gold with a circle of wavy rays and a scrolling foliated line enclosing palmettes with turquoise centres. The dark blue rim is decorated with gold scrolls and palmettes with turquoise or red centres. The outer edge is white with gold slanting lines over it to resemble knurling on metalwork. The centre of the back is white, decorated in gold with a star formed by eight leaves, surrounded by scattered stars. The sides and rim are dark blue scattered with gold stars, and are edged with borders of small scalloped gold swags round the footring, shoulder and outer edge


History note: Purchased from Gloria Antica, 170 Brompton Road, London, SW3.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Leverton Harris Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.8 cm
Diameter: 7 3/4 in
Height: 3.9 cm
Height: 1 9/16 in

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1951-08-02) by Messrs. Gloria Antica (London)


First quarter of 16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1525 CE


The shape of the bowl is similar to maiolica tondini of the same period.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of gilding

Materials used in production

dark blue, dark green, turquoise, red, and white Enamel
presumed as not visible Copper

Techniques used in production

Raising (metal forming process) : Copper, enamelled in dark blue, dark green, turquoise, red, and white, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: 'Venetian Enamel/dish/c 1520/£25' and '877cAJ'
  • Location: On back of rim
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label; the words GLORIA ANTICA are in larger letters than the rest of the label; the address is in the lower right corner of the label and the telephone number at top left; the rest of the text is in the middle

  • Location: On back of rim opposite to the other label
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.16-1951
Primary reference Number: 156456
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 30 April 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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