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Two-handled vase: C.2282-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: uncertain (Style of)




Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The body colour is visible where the glaze is thinly applied. Painted in blue and light and dark slightly lustrous yellow.
Hemispherical body with pronounced shoulder, flaring neck and two strap handles, standing on a short stem separated by a knop from the circular spreading foot.
On the lower part there are pseudo-gadroons, with a horizontal border of stylised buds and tendrils above. Both sides of the neck are decorated with a rectangular panel containing a stylised plant, flanked by vertical borders of stylised buds and tendrils between vertical lines. A similar border encircles the foot. The edges of the foot, the stem, the rim, and the handles are yellow.


History note: Lucy Joan Scott-Ellis (1808-99), Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in February 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.6 cm
Height: 17.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


16th Century
19th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE Circa 1850 CE - 1875 CE


The vase is almost certainly a product of the Renaissance revival, perhaps purchased by the Countess Howard de Walden in Rome, where Dr Glaisher was told she had acquired maiolica in the mid nineteenth century. Its shape differs from polychrome and lustred examples made in Deruta c. 1500-50.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow, appearing dark, slightly lustrous yellow)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The body colour is visible where the glaze is thinly applied. Painted in blue and light and dark slightly lustrous yellow.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2282-1928
Primary reference Number: 48553
Old object number: 1114
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 20 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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