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Cup: C.94-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica cup, painted in blue with lozenge-shape diaper patterns.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the interior and exterior. Painted in blue.
Truncated conical body with projecting base, concave underneath. On one side there is a loop handle with a longtitudinal depression on the exterior, and on the other side, the stumps of a handle.
The two sides are decorated with different lozenge-shaped diaper patterns in a rectangular panel. A rectangular grid pattern extends over the area from which the handle has been broken off.


History note: Purportedly from Arezzo

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.2 cm
Width: 11 cm

Relative size of this object

11 cm7.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Arezzo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


15th century
Circa 1400 - 1450


On acquisition this cup was recorded as being from Arezzo, but whether it was found there, or merely acquired there by F. Leverton Harris, is uncertain. Potters were recored in Arezzo in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, so it could have been made there.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)
Base Diameter 7 cm
Rim Diameter 9.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the interior and exterior. Painted in blue.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.94-1927
Primary reference Number: 48150
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 May 2021 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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