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Bowl: C.13-1953

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Current Location: In storage


Painter: Giulio da Urbino (Possibly)




Maiolica broad-rimmed bowl, painted in polychrome with two warriors and a river god.

Broad-rimmed bowl. Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse off-white and tinged with green. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, stone, brown, black, and white.
Shape 58 with two shallow concentric grooves under the edge. Circular with a wide, slightly sloping rim and small, deep well.
In the foreground, a grieving or dying warrior kneels, resting his head on his arms. Behind him, backing the viewer, a second warrior kneels with his shield in front of him, and to his left, another stands with his hands together as if in prayer. On the left, beside a tree, a bearded and draped river god reclines holding an upturned jar from which a stream of water flows into a river. On the right, a younger, bearded river god reclines on a bank with two trees behind him. Behind there is a group of buildings and two spires or obelisks. The edge is yellow. The back is inscribed in the middle in dark blue: '.1534./Chicado morte/Ehai .ferito langue - /I Urbino'. (He who falls dead and you have wounded languishes - in Urbino.).


History note: Walter M. de Zoete (1845-1934); Sotheby's, 2 April 1935, Catalogue of the valuable collections of bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, etc., the property of W.M. de Zoete, Esq. (deceased) of Layer Breton, Colchester and Blenheim House, North Berwick, lot 258; sold to Durlacher; Marmaduke Langdale Horn (1890-1953), Stoke Charity, near Winchester.

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M.L. Horn Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.4 cm
Height: 4.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1953-10-22) by Horn, Marmaduke Langdale


16th Century
Production date: AD 1534 : dated


Previously attributed to the painter who signed 'L'

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse off-white and tinged with green. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, stone, brown, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: .1534./Chicado morte/Ehai .ferito langue - /I Urbino
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: elongated rectangular

  • Text: 'with sunk centre painted by Xanto in powerful colours,/inscribed 'Chicado', dated 1534./Figured in Ballardini.', and in pencil '9'
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Typed and in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13-1953
Primary reference Number: 71793
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 February 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 27 February 2024

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

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