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The Virgin and Child: C.1789-1928

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The Virgin and Child


Probably Unknown (Maker)


Incised slipware panel showing a half-lenth figure of the Virgin holding the Christ Child on her lap, flanked by foliage within a tabernacle frame with IHS in the pediment.

Reddish-brown earthenware, press-moulded in relief and coated with white slip on the front. Cut-away and incised decoration painted in blue, green, and brownish-yellow under lead glaze. Of tabernacle form with columns at the sides, and a scrolled pediment with two suspension holes at the top. Within the frame, a half-length figure of the Virgin holds the infant Christ in her arms. On each side there is a spray of foliage, and in the pediment 'IHS' (Jesus) below a cross.


History note: Purchased at Lugano in 1901 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5.6 cm
Height: 38.3 cm
Width: 25.1 cm

Relative size of this object

25.1 cm38.3 cm5.6 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Carpi ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy
  • Modena ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1650 CE


The relief was derived from a late fifteenth century Emilian or Lombard relief in terracotta or carta pesta, such as one in the Victoria and Albert Museum. See Documentation Pope-Hennessy 1964, and Cecchetti 1984.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours ( blue, green, brownish-yellow) slip ( on front) Front composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Reddish-brown earthenware, press-moulded in relief, and coated with white slip on the front. Cut-away and incised decoration painted in blue, green, and brownish-yellow under lead-glaze.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1789-1928
Primary reference Number: 72613
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 7 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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