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Dish: C.204-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Renaissance maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with, in the well, a man striding to the left.

Dish. Dark buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse, pale grey. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and a little grey.
Shape 61. Circular with a sloping rim and wide well, standing on a footring pierced by two correctly placed suspension holes.
In the well, a man in contemporary costume strides to the left. He wears a high crowned hat with a feather at the back, a doublet, trunk-hose and shoes. He has a sword at his side and carries a shield on his left arm. His right arm is extended in front. In the background there are hummocks and small plants. The rim is divided by lanceolate leaves between radial lines into compartments containing alternately blue and orange scale pattern, and polychrome stylised plants in an orange ground. A yellow band encircles the edge.


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: 34.8 cm
Height: 7.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1550 - 1580

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, and a little grey)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Dark buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse, pale grey. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and a little grey.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 511/a
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.204-1991
Primary reference Number: 73041
Packing number: EURCER 349
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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