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The Judgement of Paris: C.59-1927

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


The Judgement of Paris


Workshop: Durantino, Guido (Probably)
Engraver: Raimondi, Marcantonio (After)




Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with The Judgement of Paris.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white. Shape 64. Circular with narrow rim and wide shallow well. The Judgement of Paris. Paris and his dog sit on the left. He hands the apple of discord to Venus who is accompanied by Cupid; Juno with her peacock stands behind them, and to the right is Minerva, who has her back to the viewer and holds up a drape; above, a winged Victory holds a wreath over Venus' head. To the left are three nymphs, including Paris' wife Oenone, and to their right, behind Paris, is Mercury, who is leaving; to the right, three river gods sit or recline beside the River Scamander. In the sky Apollo drives the chariot of the sun through a zodiac arch and on the right, emerging from a bank of clouds, Coelius supports Jove, seated with his eagle beside him and Diana and two other gods behind him. In the landscape background to left are two bulls and a nude woman with a unicorn, and in the distance, buildings and mountain peaks. The edge is yellow.


History note: Possibly Charles Jarvis (?1675-1739); his sale, London, 11-20 March 1739 (OS),A catalogue of the most valuable collection of pictures . . . late of . . . Esq., deceased, lot 555. Probably Princess Amelia; possibly Thomas 2nd Vicount Hampden; Viscountess Hampden (d. 1833); sold Christie, Manson, and Christie, 16 and 18 April 1834, A catalogue of the valuable assemblage of Italian Bronzes, magnificent French Furniture, of boule and marqueterie; and rare Oriental and other porcelain . . . , p. 12, lot 68; Lord Eldon, Scotland ?; Richard Ford (1706-1858), Heavitree, near Exeter, before 1850; Captain Ford; Christie's, 31 July 1919, Catalogue of porcelain, objects of art and tapestry from various sources, lot 43; F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926)

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 45.4 cm
Height: 5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marche ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


Mid 16th century
Circa 1545 CE - 1550 CE


The design was copied from the Judgement of Paris by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( metallic oxide colours)

Materials used in production

beige on the back Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Painted

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: Arms of Farnese impaling Crispi/of Rome./For Tiberio Crispi a familiar of/Paul III before his pontificate./created by him Cardinal in 1544/Achp of Amalfi 1547-61 bp of Sabina/& of Sutri when he died 1566
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: M 68
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in ?
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.59-1927
Primary reference Number: 47187
Old object number: M 68
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 March 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 26 July 2022

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

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