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Fragment: C.126-1927

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Maestro Benedetto (Probably)




Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on both sides. Painted in blue.
Approximately triangular, curving downwards at the apex, and having a slight channel running round the rim.
A border of circles, scrolls, spots and tendrils giving the impression of foliage.


History note: Purportedly purchased in Siena by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F.Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.4 cm
Length: 9.0 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Siena ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


16th century
Circa 1503 CE - 1522 CE


Benedetto di Giorgio of FAenza was recorded in Siena between 1505 and his death in 1522, and had probably been living there since about 1503. In 1505 he and the potter, Galgano di Matteo, bought a house, and appear to have been in partnership until the latter died between 1513 and 1516. The border on this fragment of a plate resembles those found on dishes attributed to Benedetto's workshop on the basis of a dish signed 'fata i siena da mo (small raised o) benedetto' in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Langton Douglas found some fragments with analogous borders in the gardens of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, and a fragmentary dish was found more recently at the former Convent of Santa Marta, Siena.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.126-1927
Primary reference Number: 48106
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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