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Bowl: C.195-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Supposedly)




Renaissance maiolica broad-rimmed bowl, painted in blue, green and orange with a bust of a man in the middle, surrounded by concentric circles of ribbons, tendrils and chains.

Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white on the front; the reverse greyish-beige, pinkish near the edges and crazed. Painted in blue, dark green, brownish-orange, and a little white.
Shape externally approximately 60 with hemispherical well.
In the middle, within narrow concentric blue circles, is a bust of a man in profile to left. He wears an orange cap and a blue and white striped doublet with brownish-orange sleeves; the background is green, shading to blue near the bust. On the rim there is a yellow rod entwined by two green ribbons forming a chain, with blue dots and tendrils in the background. The inner and outer edges have a narrow border of orange squares with four blue strokes in each. The edge is green.


History note: Max Goldschmidt-Rothschild; Kurt Glogowski; 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, p. 17, lot 44; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.8 cm
Height: 5.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Siena ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century
19th Century, Late#
20th Century, Early
Circa 1500 CE - 1520 CE Circa 1890 CE - 1920 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, dark green, brownish-orange, and a little white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white on the front; the reverse greyish-beige, pinkish near the edges and crazed. Painted in blue, dark green, brownish-orange, and a little white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 177
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.195-1991
Primary reference Number: 48316
Packing number: EURCER 684
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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