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Bowl: C.177-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown


  • Bowl
  • shallow bowl on a low foot



Renaissance maiolica shallow bowl on a low foot, painted in polychrome with a half-length nude woman in the central medallion

Shallow bowl on a low foot. Cream earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and orange.
Shape 80. Circular with 'bats-wing' scalloped rim of twenty-four arcs, shallow sloping sides and convex centre, standing on a low foot.
The central medallion contains a half-length nude woman with long hair, reserved in a yellow ground. The sides are decorated a quartieri with radiating panels of stylised leaves reserved in grounds of alternate colours. The rim is blue. On the back, blue ribs with short blue or orange slanting strokes between them radiate from a blue band encircling the foot. Below the rim are wide blue, yellow, and blue bands.


History note: Léon de Somzée; Brussels, 22 May 1901, Catalogue des tapisseries, antiquités grecques et faïences italiennes faisant partie de la collection de Somzée, lot 407 & pl. IX. William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, second 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: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1545 CE - 1570 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, and orange)
Foot Diameter 10.8 cm
Widest Point Diameter 22.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with scalloped edge and blue border

  • Text: 147
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: remains of a Ridout collection label

  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 512/8
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.177-1991
Primary reference Number: 72596
Packing number: EURCER 370
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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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