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The Triumph of Bacchus: C.220-1991

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Current Location: In storage


The Triumph of Bacchus


Maker: Unknown (Possibly)
Etcher: Franco, Battista




Renaissance maiolica shallow bowl, painted in polychrome with The Triumph of Bacchus.

Shallow bowl. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige, thinly applied, and speckled. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.
Circular with inverted scalloped rim of thirty-two arcs, deep sides moulded with gadroons, and slightly convex centre. The remains of the foot have been ground level.
The Triumph of Bacchus. Bacchus and Pan sit side by side beneath a tree bearing bunches of grapes. Bacchus holds a lyre in his right hand, and Pan holds up a drinking bowl in his left hand and rests his left leg on a goat. A bacchante clasping a tambourine in both hands over her head, dances towards the left. In the foreground there is grass and a stony path; in the background, the sea, a tree, distant hills and sky. The rim is yellow. On the back there are single yellow bands round the junction of the dish and foot and just below the rim.


History note: This is probably the dish purchased by Reitlinger from Alfred Spero on 31 October 1934 and which he recorded in his purchases notebook as 'Urbino (?) plate w. Silenus, Centaur & attendant under a vine', the 'Centaur' presumably being a slip for Pan; H.S. Reitlinger; 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: 24.1 cm
Height: 5.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Castel Durante ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1550 CE - 1575 CE


Attribution uncertain, probably made in either Urbino or Castel Durante. The figures were taken from an etching by the Venetian artist, Battista Franco (c. 1510-61). (Bartsch, XVI, p. 41, no. 133)

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige, thinly applied, and speckled. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 535/4
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.220-1991
Primary reference Number: 73230
Packing number: EURCER 368
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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