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Christ washing the Disciples' Feet: C.174-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Christ washing the Disciples' Feet


Painter: 'Assumption Painter' (Attributed to)
Artist: Dürer, Albrecht (After)




Maiolica dish on low foot, painted in polychrome with Christ washing the Disciples' Feet.

Dish on low foot. Earthenware, tin-glazed pale blue overall, except for the edge of the foot. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, and brown.
Shape 78 with a ridge running round the top of the foot. Circular with shallow upturned sides, standing on a low foot.
Christ washing the Disciples' Feet. Christ washes St Peter's feet, while the other disciples stand or sit on either side. In the background are a door on the left, a window on the right, and an arched window at centre through which a landscape can be seen. The scene is enclosed by a wide border of coloured grotesques incorporating pairs of winged beasts, pairs of dolphins, anthemions and scrolls, reserved in a dark blue ground. The rim is yellow.
In the middle of the back is a yellow disk, painted in blue with a cross with a small circle in one quarter, surrounded by a narrow dark, and a wide paler, blue circle. A wide yellow band encircles the foot, and radiating from it, there is a row of small pointed petals transversely striped in blue, and a row of larger petals striped in orange. The spaces are striped in orange.


History note: Richard von Passavant-Gontard. Charles Damiron; Sotheby's, 16 June 1938, Catalogue of the very choice collection of old Italian majolica and Hispano-Moresque ware, the property of Monsieur Damiron, 8 rue Vaubecour, Lyons, lot 41; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

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H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.7 cm
Height: 5.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1515 CE - 1525 CE


The portrayal on the dish was derived from the woodcut of Christ washing the Disciples' Feet in Dürer's Little Passion, or the copy by Marcantonio Raimondi. The painter did not follow the print slavishly. He filled in the figures at the sides, added a door on the left, and substituted the central window and view for a hanging lamp.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

except edge of foot Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed pale blue overall, except for the edge of the foot. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, and brown.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.174-1991
Primary reference Number: 72547
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 9 January 2024

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

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