Skip to main content

The Judgement of Paris: C.2230-1928

An image of Dish

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Judgement of Paris


Workshop: Grue family




Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with the Judgement of Paris.

Dish. Earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on both sides, more thickly than elsewhere round the remains of the foot. Painted in blue, several shades of green, yellow, and brown, with manganese outlines.
Circular with narrow rim and wide, shallow centre; the whole slightly warped. In the middle of the underside there is a circular depression containing the remains of a foot.
The Judgement of Paris. The three scantily draped goddesses are in the foreground, Juno and Venus standing and Minerva kneeling beside her armour. Further back on a hill, Paris, dressed as a shepherd, is seated with his bagpipes resting on his knee, holding in his right hand an apple inscribed `pulcrior/l.donu' (a gift for the more beautiful). A dog lies at his feet. The landscape background is filled with gambolling goats and sheep, and a horse. On the rim there is a border of stylised leaves between pairs of blue bands. The edge is green.


History note: Rey collection, Naples. Sotheby's, 21 November 1918, Catalogue of works of art . . ., part of lot 239; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher * for £55 but Sotheby's microfilm gives £5.5.0 (MS Cat 4801).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.2 cm
Height: 3.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1600 - 1650

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, several shades of green, yellow, and brown, with manganese outlines)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on both sides, more thickly than elsewhere round the remains of the foot. Painted in blue, several shades of green, yellow, and brown, with manganese outlines.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: when purchased the dish bore a label from a Christie's sale catalogue

  • Text: 156 A flat tazza, without foot painted in different colours, crudely painted with the judgement of Paris who sits with an apple inscribed "Pulchrior/l dono" on a hill with cattle grazing; in the front two goddesses standing and one kneeling, the armour of Minerva lying on the ground. (10 in) -Castelli, style of Antonius Lollus, end of the 17th century. From the Rey collection, Naples.
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2230-1928
Primary reference Number: 73268
Old object number: 4801
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "The Judgement of Paris" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-05-31 06:02:02

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=The Judgement of Paris |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-05-31 06:02:02|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="The Judgement of Paris"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">The Judgement of Paris</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

The Judgement of Paris

Accession Number: MAR.C.66-1912


Accession Number: Loan Ant.103.39

Judgement of Paris

Accession Number: 416

The Judgement of Paris

Accession Number: C.86-1961

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...