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The Creation of Eve: C.215-1991

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Current Location: In storage


The Creation of Eve


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




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.


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


16th Century
Circa 1575 CE - 1600 CE


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.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours

Materials used in production


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.

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
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

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

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Identification numbers

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