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Virgin and Child: M.2 & A-1935

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Titles

Virgin and Child

Maker(s)

Workshop: Unknown (Probably)

Entities

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Description

Relief of the Virgin and Child in moulded and tin-glazed terracotta

Relief of moulded terracotta, tin-glazed creamy-white on the front and the sides. The glaze is very unevenly applied and has numerous pinholes.
Three-quarter length figure of the Virgin, with the infant Christ standing on a ledge to the left of her, resting on a shallow pedestal decorated with egg and dart ornament, which is made separately. There are two holes in the top of the Virgin's head. The relief is accompanied by a shallow base (A) with ovolo moulding on the front, which is probably associated.

Notes

History note: The Right Hon. Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt, KCB, MD, FRS (1836-1925); Lady Albutt from whom received in 1935

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt, 1925, received 1935

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1925) by Allbutt, Thomas Clifford

Dating

19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - 1900 CE

Note

This relief was accessioned as 'School of Andrea Della Robbia', but although there is a generalized resemblance to reliefs of the Virgin with a standing Child from the Della Robbia workshop, the pose and expression of the figures is atypical and the quality of the glaze is very poor.During the nineteenth century reproductions and pastiches of Della Robbia sculpture abounded. Many were not made with intention to deceive, and were used in the traditional way, but in the hands of unscrupulous or ignorant dealers deceptions took place. In 1868 Marryat warned English collectors of this by reprinting from Auguste Demmin's 'Guide de l'Amateur', a passage concerning the sale of Virgins falsely attributed to Luca della Robbia.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Project

  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Front composed of tin-glaze ( creamy-white)
Pedestal Height 4.3 cm Width 28.0 cm
Relief Height 50.0 cm Width 34.5 cm

Materials used in production

Terracotta

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Terracotta, moulded in relief, and tin-glazed creamy-white on the front and the sides

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2 & A-1935
Primary reference Number: 29644
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_2 & A_1935
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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