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Two-handled bowl: C.82-1927

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unidentified Tuscan pottery (Possibly)




Maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in manganese and green with, on the inside, a peacock.

Reddish-buff earthenware, the interior and handles tin-glazed greyish-white, the exterior lead-glazed pale brownish-yellow, which has run over onto the base. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
Shape 34. Circular with deep sides, curving outwards from the base and then upwards almost vertically to the flat projecting rim; two small broad strap handles on opposing sides.
Inside, a peacock faces in profile to right with its tail folded, and its body and wings decorated with rosettes, one of which forms its eye. On the right there is a stylised plant with a lobed leaf and two flowers, similar to the motifs on the bird. Above its head, a tendril sprouts from the edge of the border, and by its beak there is a circular stylised flower. The sides are decorated with a row of green reversed Ss, with two black horizontal bands below and one above, and the rim with alternating groups of manganese and green radiating stripes.


History note: Elia Volpi, Florence; Durlacher Brothers, London, from whom purchased in November 1920 by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Width: 35.8 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


13th Century
14th Century
Circa 1275 CE - 1375 CE

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark manganese and copper-green)
Exterior composed of lead-glaze
Interior, Handles composed of tin-glaze
Foot Diameter 16.8 cm
Rim Diameter 30.4 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.82-1927
Primary reference Number: 47273
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 22 December 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 22 December 2021

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

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