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Dish: C.194-1991

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Renaissance maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with a woman, three-quarter-length in profile with a distaff.

Dish. Reddish-buff earthenware, the front coated with cream slip (or tin glaze?) and lead-glazed; the reverse lead-glazed. Painted underglaze in blue, yellow, blue over yellow appearing green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple.
Shape 67. Circular with shallow curved sides, standing on a narrow footring pierced by two correctly placed suspension holes.
A woman three-quarter-length in profile to left spins thread from a distaff. She wears a ribbon round her bun, a necklace, and a low-necked greenish-yellow dress with long sleeves and a basque. The rim is encircled by narrow blue, dark yellow, and yellow bands.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 83; 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: 31.3 cm
Height: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Viterbo ⪼ Lazio ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 1700 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, blue over yellow appearing green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple) Front: composed of tin-glaze ( uncertain) lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 392/4
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.194-1991
Primary reference Number: 72897
Packing number: EURCER 693
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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