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Dish: C.198-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Renaissance maiolica dish, painted in blue and yellow with, in the middle, a rabbit surrounded by six rhomboids.

Pale buff earthenware, probably slip-coated and tin-glazed on the front; the reverse partially glazed; base unglazed. Painted in blue and dark yellow.
Shape 67. Circular with shallow sloping sides and disk base.
In the middle is a rabbit in profile to left surrounded by two blue circles and a white zone decorated with six blue crossed rhomboids. Round the edge are four concentric blue bands and scale pattern in blue on a yellow ground.


History note: Probably purchased from Rasmussen & Bickebery (?) on 3 January 1931 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

Diameter: 26.7 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Montelupo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1525 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and dark yellow)

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, probably slip-coated and tin-glazed on the front; the reverse partially glazed; base unglazed. Painted in blue and dark yellow.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 181
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Fragments of the deaths column of a June, 1939 newspaper were stuck on the back but have been removed.

  • Type: Newspaper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.198-1991
Primary reference Number: 48488
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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