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Dish: C.199-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Deruta pottery (Perhaps)
Maker: Unidentfied Orvieto pottery (Perhaps)




Pinkish-buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed yellowish-white on the front; reverse lead-glazed brownish-yellow; footring and base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, pale yellow, and brownish-orange.
Shape approximately 61. Circular with deep, steeply sloping rim and wide curved well, standing on a footring pierced by an incorrectly placed suspension hole.
In the well, four hounds are attacking a saddle-backed boar. On the right is a stylised tree with a bird above it and at the top are three rabbits, two lions or cats, and an eagle. On the rim, between wide blue bands, there are crossed ellipses over lozenges with orange spots on their points, and orange Vs in the spaces.


History note: Either Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni (1859-1928) or Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinand Lucatelli (b. 1862); whose collections were sold, without indication of which pieces were from which collection, by Sotheby's, 17 February 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, lot 267 & pl. V. Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd, from whom purchased in October 1932 by H.S. Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32.2 cm
Height: 8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy
  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Late
Circa 1490 CE - 1500 CE


The design of this dish was probably inspired by a late fifteenth-century Florentine print, such as the 'Pattern Plate of Birds and Beasts Hunting and Fighting' by an anonymous master. The shape of the dish is comparable to the large Deruta dishes known today as piatto di pompa, although it is smaller and the rim is steeper and more curved. Its condition indicates that it has been excavated and its presence in the collection of either avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni or cavaliere capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli of Orvieto suggests that it is likely to have been made in Orvieto or elsewhere in southern Umbria or perhaps northern Lazio. However, pottery from Deruta was imported into Orvieto, and in view of the popularity of hunting scenes on later Deruta dishes, it might well have been made there. The rhomboidal knot motifs on the rim also seem to point to Deruta. The execution on the other hand is less accomplished than the painting on Deruta maiolica.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, pale yellow, and brownish-orange)
Reverse composed of lead-glaze
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish-buff earthenware, thrown tin-glazed yellowish-white on the front; reverse lead-glazed brownish-yellow; footring and base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, pale yellow, and brownish-orange.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.199-1991
Primary reference Number: 72940
Packing number: EURCER 382
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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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