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Border tile from the Palazzo Petrucci: C.128-1927

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Border tile from the Palazzo Petrucci


Unknown (Maker)


Upper part of part of a rectangular border tile from the Palazzo Petrucci. Cream earthenware, tin-glazed on the upper surface. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, orange, brownish-red, and, on the border tile, black.
The upper part of a rectangular border tile has a black ground decorated with grotesques including the head of a sphinx, a monster and a putto, with an egg and dart border above.


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

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.0 cm
Height: 10.4 cm
Width: 13.2 cm

Relative size of this object

13.2 cm10.4 cm2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Siena ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Production date: circa AD 1509

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, orange, brownish-red, and black) Upper Surface composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.128-1927
Primary reference Number: 48109
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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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