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Dish: C.175-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Renaissance maiolica dish on low foot, painted in blue, yellow and orange with men, standing in contemporary costume looking at a wounded man lying dead on the floor.

Dish on a low foot. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The glaze has crazed, especially on the reverse. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.
Shape 78 with a depression running round the junction of the dish and foot, and a ridge round the edge of the latter. Circular with shallow upturned sides, standing on a low foot with a ridged edge. A groove runs round the junction of the foot and dish.
On the left are three men in contemporary costume, one of whom has just wounded an adversary standing in the centre with four companions, the first of whom has `MORE' written across his breastplate. The wounded man is shown lying dead in the foreground on the tiled floor. On the back, petals filled with alternately blue and orange transverse stripes radiate from the foot. There is a narrow blue band round the foot and two wider bands round the rim.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 25; 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

Height: 6.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1510 CE - 1525 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and orange)
Foot Diameter 13.7 cm
Widest Point Diameter 29.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The glaze has crazed, especially on the reverse. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 25/2
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 178
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.175-1991
Primary reference Number: 72562
Packing number: EURCER 332
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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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