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The Death of Aeschylus: C.207-1991

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Current Location: In storage


The Death of Aeschylus


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica dish on a low foot, painted in polychrome with The Death of Aeschylus.

Dish on a low foot. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. Painted in dark greyish-blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.
Shape 78 with a slight step in the foot. Circular with shallow upturned sides, standing on a low foot.
The Death of Aeschylus. Aeschylus reclines on the left beside a bush and rocks with an open book on the ground in front of him. An eagle flying above has just dropped a tortoise, which has landed upside down on his head. On the right are rocks and a stream, in the middle, five long-legged, long-necked birds, and a ruin in front of which the Fate, Clotho, sits holding a distaff. In the distance is a ruined rotunda and mountains. The rim is yellow. Inside the foot are two wide yellow bands each between narrow blue. The outside of the foot is yellow, and wide yellow and narrow blue bands encircle its junction with the dish. The back of the dish is encircled by a narrow blue band midway across, and narrow blue and wide yellow by the rim.


History note: Probably Mrs Bryan Harland; Sotheby's, 20 May 1932, Catalogue of continental pottery, lot 21; William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, lot 2; 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: 26.0 cm
Height: 4.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy
  • Forlì ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1535 CE - 1550 CE


Faenza or Forli

School or Style


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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark greyish-blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. Painted in dark greyish-blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.207-1991
Primary reference Number: 73074
Packing number: EURCER 692
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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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