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St Francis: C.66-1927

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 2, shelf C


St Francis


Potter: Unidentified Deruta pottery




Maiolica jug, painted in blue, yellow, and orange with St Francis holding a rosary.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior; the interior of the neck lead-glazed honey-brown. Painted in dark blue, yellow, and orange.
Bulbous body, with a slender neck and slightly everted mouth; loop handle of D-section with a thumb print at the lower end.
On the front, within a pear-shaped panel with a `ladder' frame, St Francis holding a rosary kneels in prayer before a Cross. In the background to right there is a church. The rest of the body is decorated with horizontal and vertical lines, short strokes and dotted disks, and the handle with horizontal orange stripes.


History note: Unknown

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm
Width: 11.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


Early 16th Century
Circa 1500 - 1530

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, yellow, and orange) tin-glaze
Interior Of Neck composed of lead-glaze ( honey-brown colour)
Base Diameter 7.6 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with cut corners and blue printed border

  • Text: M.21/Leverton Harris/bequest, 1926
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.66-1927
Primary reference Number: 48664
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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