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Dish: C.24-1932

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Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 2, shelf C


Maker: Unidentified Deruta pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and lustred with a half-length figure of a young woman in profile to right facing a coiled scrole inscribed 'LA VITA.EL.FINE.ELDI.LO DA.LASE RA.X.' (Life by its end, day by the evening, is praised), surrounded by a border of leaves and stylized flowers.

Earthenware, the front is tin-glazed; the reverse has thick, opaque, dark yellow lead-glaze. Painted in thinly applied dark blue and with pale silver-yellow lustre. Shape 61. Circular, with slightly sloping rim, and wide deep well, standing on a footring pierced by three incorrectly placed suspension holes. In the well, a young woman, half-length with her head in profile to right, faces a coiling scroll, inscribed 'LA VITA.EL.FINE.ELDI.LO DA.LASE RA.X.' (Life by its end, day by the evening, is praised). There are formal flowers in the background, and bound laurel round the edge of the well. On the rim, slanting serrated leaves alternate with stylized flowers. A band of yellow lustre encircles the outer edge.


History note: Max Goldschmidt-Rothschild; Kurt Glogowski, Berlin; sold Sotheby's, 8 June 1932, Catalogue of the well-known collection of important Italian majolica, also bronzes and statuary, velvets, textiles and embroideries, fine Oriental rugs, & c. the property of Herr Kurt Glogowski of Berlin, lot 30.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1932-06-08) by Sotheby's


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1530 CE


The girl is painted in the style of Pietro Perugino (active 1472-1523) and closely resembles the Eritrean Sibyl in his fresco of 'God the Father announcing the Salvation' in the Sala dell'Udienza in the Collegio del Cambio, Perugia, painted between 1496 and 1500. Similar young women appear in paintings by Pinturicchio (1454-1513) such as in the' Visitation' in the Borgia apartments of the Vatican, but Deruta maiolica painters were more likely to have seen or had access to drawings after local works in nearby Perugia.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( cobalt-blue) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow lustre)
Back composed of lead-glaze
Front composed of tin-glaze
Rim Diameter 39.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, the front is tin-glazed; the reverse has thick, opaque, dark yellow lead-glaze. Painted on the front in thinly applied dark blue and with pale silver-yellow lustre

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a figure 8
  • Location: On underside of well
  • Method of creation: Incised through the glaze
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1932
Primary reference Number: 47190
Glaisher additions number: Gl.Add.42-1932
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 February 2024

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

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