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Basin: C.84-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Deruta pottery




Maiolica basin for a ewer, painted in blue and brassy-yellow lustre, with a bust of a woman in profile surrounded by panels of scales and foliage divided by rays and buds, and a rod entwined by ribbon

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and with brassy-yellow lustre. Circular with slightly sloping, narrow rim; wide, shallow well with a space for the ewer in the centre, surrounded by a circular rib and further out by two less pronounced mouldings. (Poole 1995, Shape 71). In the middle, a woman, half-length in profile to left, faces a plant with three flowers, enclosed by a circular rib and a broad lustre band decorated with blue interlace. The sides are divided into six panels by radial lines flanking stems with four buds; three panels are decorated with scale pattern and three with a formal plant. A rod entwined by ribbon encircles the rim. On the back are concentric lustre bands: one close to the centre, two close together, one alone and two more close together. The lustre has run down on one side of the dish.


History note: Dr Alfred Pringsheim (1850-1941); Sotheby's, 7 June 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, the first portion; 19-20 July 1939, the second and final portion., lot 24; Louis C.G. Clarke.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32.3 cm
Height: 4.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 - 1530


See the notes to C.84-1927, a basin of similar type

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( in blue) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow, appearing brassy yellow)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, and tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and with brassy-yellow lustre.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.84-1961
Primary reference Number: 48565
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 27 January 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 13 February 2024

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

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