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Triumph of Amphitrite: C.1-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Triumph of Amphitrite
Triumph of Galatea


Workshop: Fontana Workshop




Maiolica trilobate cistern, painted in polychrome with, on the interior the Triumph of Amphitrite or Galatea, on the exterior landscapes.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.
Trilobate bowl, standing on a base composed of three lion's feet with vertical scrolls between them. Between each of the lobes there is a deeply grooved handle, terminating at the top in a grotesque mask with a gaping mouth and curling horns which rest on the rim.
The interior is decorated with the Triumph of Amphitrite or Galatea. The goddess reclines in a cockle-shell chariot drawn by two dolphins, surrounded by tritons and sea nymphs, a sea horse, and putti frolicking among the waves. In the background there are buildings close to the shore with mountains beyond. Above, five putti holding foliage play amid clouds. The rim is yellow and orange. On the outside, each lobe is decorated with rocks and buildings in a landscape. The lion's feet base, scrolls and mask-handles are coloured yellow and orange.


History note: Sir Otto Beit; Sir Alfred Beit; Sotheby's, 16 October 1942, Catalogue of important Italian majolica, the property of Sir Alfred Beit Bt, MP, lot 61; sold to Blairman £115.0.0. Peel & Humphries, London.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cecil C. Mason Fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 49.5 cm
Height: 23.3 cm
Width: 48.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1964-03-12) by Peel and Humphris


16th Century
Circa 1550 CE - 1570 CE


Probably made in the workshop of Guido Durantino (Fontana) and his son Orazio, or if made between 1565-70 possibly in Orazio Fontana's workshop

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white overall, painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 841
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1964
Primary reference Number: 71521
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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