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Tray: C.2189-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Ferniani Factory (Perhaps)




Maiolica tray, painted in polychrome, with a man on one knee supporting a vase of flowers, surrounded by an elaborate frame of scrolls.

Tray. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, green, yellowish-green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple, with a powdered manganese border.
Rectangular with rounded corners, shaped pie-crust edge and, at each end, a handle composed of a cabochon between scrolls.
In the middle, a man supporting a vase of flowers on his shoulders, crouches on one knee on a pedestal, surrounded by an elaborate bérainesque frame of scrolls with a canopy at the top. Around this is a similar border comprising scrolls, foliage and diapered panels. The pie-crust border is mottled with manganese and has a narrow blue line round its lower edge. The handles are mottled in manganese on the outside, and painted in green, blue and yellow on the cabochons and scrolls on the inside.


History note: Mr Phillips, Hitchin; The Rev. G.A. Schneider, MA, from whom purchased on 10 February 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher * for £6 (MS Cat. 2880).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm
Length: 51.5 cm
Width: 41.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th century
Circa 1770 CE - 1790 CE


The attribution to the Ferniani Factory is uncertain

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in dark blue, pale blue, green, yellowish-green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, green, yellowish-green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple, with a powdered manganese border.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2189-1928
Primary reference Number: 73181
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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