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Two-handled vase: C.53-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Deruta pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and lustre on both sides with crowned AN monogram, formal foliage, and pseudo-gadrooning

Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handles, tin-glazed creamy-white overall. Painted in blue and with yellow lustre.
The vase stands on a circular foot rising into a short stem with an annulet. Its bulbous body has a short neck expanding towards the rim which has a vertical edge, and two strap handles.
On each side of the neck is a coronet with the monogram AN below, flanked by formal flowers and scrolling foliage springing from the base of the handles. The lower part of the body and foot are decorated with oblique pseudo-gadroons. The zones of ornament are separated by horizontal bands of lustre, and the handles, rim, stem, and edge of the foot are also lustred.


History note: Lieut. Col. Aubrey Kennard; purchased privately in March 1926 by F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926)

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F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 26.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


First half of 16th Century
Circa 1500 - 1550

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow) tin-glaze
Foot Diameter 12.5 cm
Rim Diameter 15.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53-1927
Primary reference Number: 48520
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 19 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

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

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