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God creating Adam: C.214-1991

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Current Location: In storage


God creating Adam


Production: Unknown (Probably)
Woodcutter: Salomon, Bernard




Renaissance maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with God creating Adam.

Dish. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse thinly applied and tinged with green in four places; three spur marks on the front of the rim. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.
Shape 59. Circular with sloping rim and deep well, standing on a footring.
God creating Adam. God, wearing a crown, a long gown and a billowing cloak, stands on the right holding out his right arm towards Adam who lies on the ground on the left. In the landscape background there is grass and a rock, a stony path, an elephant beside three small trees, a large tree in the centre, and distant mountains. In the sky on the left there is the sun and six birds and, on the right, the moon and two birds. The edge is yellow. On the back, a blue 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, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.1 cm
Height: 5.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th century
Circa 1555 - 1580


The source of the design on the dish was the woodcut by Bernard Salomon, captioned `GENES I' in Damiano Maraffi's Figure del Vecchio Testamento con versi toscani, Lyon (Jean de Tournes), 1554.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse thinly applied and tinged with green in four places; three spur marks on the front of the rim. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 63228
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded black ink or cold paint
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.214-1991
Primary reference Number: 73159
Packing number: EURCER 362
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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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