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Bowl: C.186-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Renaissance maiolica bowl on a high foot, painted in polychrome with, on the inside, a central medallion of a bust of a woman and, on the sides, decoration alla porcellana.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-brown, and incised through the blue.
Shape 74. Circular with everted rim, deep sides encircled midway down by a rib and a high, stepped foot.
The central medallion contains a bust of woman in profile to left with `diamantte bella' inscribed on a yellow ground in front of her; the rest of the background is divided vertically into blue and green areas. The medallion is framed by a wide blue band incised with Vs, and alternating stylised plant motifs enclosed by blue concentric circles: wide, narrow and wide. The sides are decorated alla porcellana with a band of foliage and dentate half-moon flowers. The rim is blue. The upper part of the exterior has a similar alla porcellana border. Below the rib there is a blue zone decorated with white alternating flowers and lozenges, and a white zone decorated with blue Vs. The foot is encircled by three blue bands, the outer one of which is incised with oblique strokes.


History note: Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd., London, from whom purchased on 3 May 1932 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Montelupo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1530 CE - 1550 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-brown)
Foot Diameter 15.7 cm
Rim Diameter 33.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-brown, and incised through the blue.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.186-1991
Primary reference Number: 48438
Packing number: EURCER 317
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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