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Dish: C.56-1927

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Current Location: In storage


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Tin-glazed earthenware dish painted with the arms of Medici impaling Pucci, a reclining youth, a ribbon label inscribed `SVB'VBR A'ALAR TVAR EGo D(o)RMIA' (Beneath the shadow of thy wings I sleep), foliated scrolls terminating in cornucopiae, and monsters

Buff earthenware. The front tin-glazed; the reverse lead-glazed greenish-beige; the area inside the footring unglazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, darker yellow, and manganese-brown.
Shape 61, the footring pierced by two suspension holes at the top. The rim has warped during firing.
A little above centre is an oval shield charged with the Medici arms, or six balls in orle, five gules (shown dark yellow) and one in chief azure charged with a fleur-de-lis or impaling Pucci, argent, a moor's head proper wearing a headband argent charged with three hammers sable, ensigned by a cardinal's hat over a cross and flanked by tassels. Below, a youth in puffed and slashed costume reclines with his right arm under a label inscribed `SVB'VBR A'ALAR TVAR EGo D(o)RMIA' (Beneath the shadow of thy wings I sleep). From below, a pair of foliate scrolls terminating in cornucopiae curve up on either side of the arms. On top of each is a monster, the one on the left similar to a griffin, the other alike, but with a horned human head.


History note: Probably Alexander Barker; Sir Francis Cook, Bt; Wyndham Francis Cook; Humphrey Wyndham Cook; Christie's, 7 July 1925, Catalogue of an important collection of objects of art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the property of Humphrey W. Cook, Esq., and removed from 8 Cadogan Square, S.W., being a portion of the celebrated collection formed by the late Sir Francis Cook, Bart., lot 58; Frederick Leverton Harris (1864-1926) by whom bequeathed

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F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 48 cm
Height: 9.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 16th century
Circa 1531 CE - 1544 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, darker yellow, and manganese-brown) tin-glaze

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular

  • Text: 37
  • Method of creation: Printed in red
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular with a blue printed border

  • Text: '99' in blue-black ink, 'Leverton' above in pencil and 'Harris/bequest' below in pencil
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue-black ink and in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: Leverton/Harris/Bequest 1926
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.56-1927
Primary reference Number: 48597
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 January 2021 Last processed: Saturday 27 March 2021

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

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