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Dish on low foot: C.1-2000

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Durantino, Francesco (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow and orange in compendiario style with a coat-of-arms and border of leaves on a continuous stem

Pale yellowish-buff earthenware (very little visible), moulded, tin-glazed white overall except for the underside of the edge of the foot, and painted in blue, yellow and orange in compendiario style. Circular with eighteen scallops round the rim. The shallow curved sides and slightly convex centre are moulded with two rows of dimples and shallow inverted gadroons radiating from the centre. The low, spreading circular foot is moulded with vertical inverted gadroons. The front is decorated in the centre with an oval scrolled and beribboned cartouche charged with a coat-of-arms or impresa of a scythe cutting a serpent in half. Further out is a circular border of a continuous blue stem with yellow and orange leaves. The reverse is undecorated. The base inside the foot is inscribed in blue: 'fatto in/Nazzanno d.S./Paulo d Roma/il primo d/Agosto 1583'.


History note: Non-EEC country; Sotheby's, London, 15 December 1999, Fine Decorative Arts: Medieval & Renaissance, p. 39, lot 55 (hammer price £2,800; with buyer's premium, VAT, and commission to bidder £3,521). Purchased for the Fitzwilliam by Errol Manners, 66A Kensington Church Street, London, W8.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam with grants from the National Art Collections Fund and the MGC/V & A Purchased Grant Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.4 cm
Height: 5.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nazzano ⪼ Lazio ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-01-24) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


16th Century, Late
Dated 1583-08-01 CE - 1583 CE


Made in a pottery at Nazzano owned by Francesco Gnagni (probably Francesco di Bernardini Nanni (before 1520 - c.1597) who signed Francesco Durantino), one of two documentary specimens of maiolica known from Nazzano, a small hilltop village in Lazio. The village was a feudatory of the monastery of San Paolo Fuori le Mura in Rome. See Documentation, Luzi and Pesante, 2010 and Pesante (2-12). The other piece is a fragment of the base of a bowl inscribed 'Fatta in/Nazzano 1581/[A]gosto, which with a broken jug bearing the emblem of the monastery of San Paolo Fuori le Mura, was excavated in the castle at Nazzano.

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Components of the work

Glaze composed of tin-glaze
Foot Diameter 12.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale yellowish-buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed white overall except for the underside of the edge of the foot, and painted blue, yellow and orange

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: fatto in/Nazzanno d.S./Paulo d Roma/il primo d/Agosto 1583
  • Location: Base inside the foot
  • Method of creation: Painted inglaze in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-2000
Primary reference Number: 28365
Entry form number: 118
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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