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Dish: C.16 & A-1996

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Production: Farina factory




Dish. Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome (maiolica). Circular with a wide rim, shallow well, and low footring. Decorated in the well with a central medallion of Venus reclining on a shell with Cupid standing beside her, surrounded by grotesques, interrupted at the top by an oval medallion enclosing a coat-of-arms: azure, a ladder or with fleurons above and below, imposed on a black spread eagle with gold crown, and on each side by rectangular labels inscribed 'FABRICA' and 'FARINA'. On the rim the grotesques are interrupted on the right and left by circular medallions containing bust portraits of a woman and a man in late sixteenth-century costume, at the top by a circular medallion containing a Cupid, and at the bottom by an oval medallion containing two putti. The outer edge is yellow. The dish arrived in a circular carved wooden frame (A).

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 50.3 cm
Height: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1996) by Webb, M. E., Mrs


19th Century, Late#
Production date: AD 1882 : dated

School or Style

Renaissance Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours
Frame composed of wood (plant material)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome (maiolica).

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a star enclosing F over 'FAENZA/1882' painted

  • Text: FAENZA/1882
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16 & A-1996
Primary reference Number: 72337
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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