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Dish: C.224-1991

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  • Dish
  • shallow dish on a high foot



Renaissance maiolica shallow dish on a high foot, painted in polychrome with, in the middle, a youth holding two staffs, and on the sides and back, grotesques.

Earthenware, tin-glazed off-white overall. Painted in dark blue, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, and white. Shape 83. Circular with shallow upturned sides and on the underside, three concentric ribs encircling the junction with the stem. Circular trumpet-shaped foot separated from the short stem by an annulet.
In the middle, a youth holding two staffs stands in a landscape enclosed by a circle of green simulated beading with yellow and orange `rope' edges. The sides are decorated with radiating grotesques, and the rim with a yellow band with orange scallops over it. On the back, grotesques radiate from a band of green simulated beading round the junction of the dish and stem which has a yellow and orange anulet. The foot is decorated with grotesques and yellow and orange bands round the edge.


History note: 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: 8.5 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 - 1600 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, and white)
Widest Point Diameter 20.8 cm
Foot Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed off-white overall. Painted in dark blue, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square

  • Text: HOS
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.224-1991
Primary reference Number: 73284
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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