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The Creation of Eve: C.215-1991

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Titles

The Creation of Eve

Maker(s)

Probably Unknown (Maker)
After Zuccari, Federico (Artist)
After Sadeler, Johannes I (Engraver)

Description

Renaissance maiolica shallow bowl on foot, painted in polychrome with The Creation of Eve.

Shallow bowl on foot. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is thinly applied and has a discoloured and speckled area on the right side. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.
Circular with a scalloped rim of sixteen arcs, deep sides and convex centre, standing on a low foot. The sides are moulded with radiating petals and a row of dimples below the rim.
The Creation of Eve. Adam sleeps on a mound below a fruit tree on the left. Eve rises from beside him with her hands held up in prayer, looking towards God, who stands to the right with his right hand raised. In the landscape background there are two more trees, mountains, and birds in the sky. The edge is yellow. The back is inscribed in the middle in dark blue, `Dio quado formo eva' (God when he formed Eve), the last word projecting outside the foot.

Notes

History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, lot 9; 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: 27.6 cm
Height: 8.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

16th century
Renaissance
Circa 1575 CE - 1600 1600 CE

Note

The design originated in a drawing by Federico Zuccaro (1540/1 - 1609), engraved by Johannes Sadeler I (1550-c. 1600), who was working in Italy during the 1590s. However, as the iconography is in reverse to the print, it might have been executed from a copy of Zuccaro's drawing, presumably earlier in date.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is thinly applied and has a discoloured and speckled area on the right side. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.
Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Dio qua(line over a)do formo eva

  • Text: Dio qua(n)do formo eva
  • Location: Inside footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark blue
  • Inscription

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 458/b
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.215-1991
Primary reference Number: 73165
Packing number: EURCER 688
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Bowl" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/73165 Accessed: 2021-10-21 14:31:33

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