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St Francis: C.205-1991

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Current Location: In storage


St Francis


Potter: Unknown (Perhaps)


  • Cup
  • cup with one handle



Renaissance maiolica cup with one handle, painted in blue and yellow with, on the inside, St Francis kneeling in front of a Cross.

Earthenware, tin-glazed (?) creamy-white inside and outside; base unglazed. Painted in blue and dark yellow.
Circular with slightly carinated sides, one trefoil-shaped lug, and a narrow base. Inside, St Francis holding a rosary kneels in front of a Cross. Round the sides are two narrow blue bands and a wider orange band between pairs of blue, and, on the rim, oblique blue strokes. The handle is striped in yellow. Outside are eight alternately blue and yellow vertical stripes.


History note: Probably the `Small Siena wine-scoop w. praying monk' purchased from Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd, London, on 7 October 1932 by 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

Height: 4.5 cm
Width: 13.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1600 CE


Label text from the exhibition ‘Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 7 March until 4 June 2017: Conduct books insisted that the family meal should be a sober, devout occasion. Everyday crockery with sacred motifs, such as the instruments of the Passion of Christ, or the cross bearing the nails that pierced Christ’s body, reminded diners of the central beliefs of their faith, while scenes from the lives of the saints, such as the image of St Francis with a rosary on the one-handled cup, offered models of Christian piety, obedience and restraint.

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Components of the work

Rim Diameter 10.8 cm

Materials used in production

blue and dark yellow High-temperature colours

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed (?) creamy-white inside and outside; base unglazed. Painted in blue and dark yellow.

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.205-1991
Primary reference Number: 73056
Packing number: EURCER 422
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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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