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Dish: C.223-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Unknown (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica dish on low foot, painted in polychrome with putti and grotesques.

Dish on low foot. Earthenware, moulded, and tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, manganese-brown, and black.
Shape 81. Circular with scalloped rim of sixteen arcs, curved sides and convex centre, standing on a low foot.
The central medallion is framed by guilloche ornament between yellow and orange simulated beading and narrow orange bands. It contains two putti holding a panel inscribed `SPQR' (Senatus Populusque Romanus) with a winged horse above and a pseudo-cameo below. Underneath, a herm holds up the entwined tails of two recumbent lions. The sides are decorated with radiating grotesques: fauns holding shields, birds, herms, winged sphinxes, monsters, and two pseudo-cameos. Round the edge there is a border of guilloche ornament, simulated beading, and orange scallops over a yellow band. On the back there are yellow and orange bands on the edge of the foot and at the junction of foot and bowl, two yellow bands below the rim, and one on it.


History note: Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 20 July 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, lot 379; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); 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

Height: 7.7 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 1570 CE - 1590 CE


Possbily made in the Fontana or Patanazzi workshops

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, manganese-brown, and black)
Foot Diameter 13.5 cm
Widest Part Diameter 27.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, and tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, manganese-brown, and black.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 535/1
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: SPQR
  • Location: On front, central medallion
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.223-1991
Primary reference Number: 73273
Packing number: EURCER 336
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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