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Dish: C.191-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with a putto in the middle, surrounded by concentric circles, radiating petals, leaves and bands.

Dish. Earthenware. The front is coated with cream slip (or tin glaze?) and covered with a bubbly lead glaze; the reverse is incised with concentric circles and is unglazed except for dribbles over the thin coating of slip near the rim. Painted underglaze in blue, green, yellow, and orange.
Shape 67. Circular with deep sloping sides, curving outwards at the rim, standing on a footring pierced by two correctly placed suspension holes.
In the middle, a putto runs towards the right, surrounded by blue and yellow concentric circles and eight radiating petals. Pointing inwards from the rim are eight pairs of orange and yellow leaves with a bud between each pair, separated by groups of three green leaves. Round the rim are two blue bands and a wide yellow band.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31.5 cm
Height: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Viterbo ⪼ Lazio ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
17th Century, Early#
Circa 1580 CE - 1620 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow and orange)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( uncertain) lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 392/8
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.191-1991
Primary reference Number: 72849
Packing number: EURCER 375
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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