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Plate from the Salviati Service: C.211-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Plate from the Salviati Service


Workshop: Durantino, Guido (Probably)




Maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with a landscape with two lovers reclining on a river bank.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige and tinged with green. Painted in blue, yellowish-green, turquoise, yellow, reddish-brown, black, grey, and white.
Shape 59, slightly convex in the centre. Circular with a gently sloping rim and deep curved well.
A landscape with two lovers reclining on a river bank, two cows beside a cottage, a castle, other buildings and a bridge beside a lake, and distant mountains. In the sky there is a scrolled and beribboned cartouche with masks at the top, right, and left sides, enclosing an oval shield, charged with the Salviati arms, argent, three bendlets, two embattled counter embattled gules and one embattled gules. The edge is yellow. On the back there are single yellow bands round the foot and shoulder and two round the outer edge.


History note: Louis Richard Zschille (1847-1903); sold Christie's, 1 June 1899, Catalogue of the collection of Italian majolica of the XVth. to XVIIIth. centuries, Hispano-Mauro, Rhodean, Persian, and other faience, of Herr Richard Zschille of Grossenhein, near Dresden, lot 103. 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: 27.8 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
Circa 1560 CE - Before 1583 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellowish-green, turquoise, yellow, reddish-brown, black, grey, and white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige and tinged with green. Painted in blue, yellowish-green, turquoise, yellow, reddish-brown, black, grey, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 498
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: brown circular

  • Text: 50
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 498
  • Method of creation: In black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 103
  • Method of creation: In red
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.211-1991
Primary reference Number: 73121
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 October 2023

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

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