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Dish: C.225-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Patanazzi family (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica dish on a high foot, painted in polychrome with, in the middle, Charity and two children and, on the sides and back, grotesques.

Dish on a high foot. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall, the dish almost mat with speckles, the underside of the base pale beige. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, and black.
Circular with shallow upturned sides and, on the underside, a rib encircling the junction of the dish and foot. The foot has a moulded edge and a swelling at the top.
In the middle, Charity sits on a rock with two children standing beside her in a landscape encircled by simulated beading with yellow and orange `rope' edges. The sides are decorated with radiating grotesques interrupted at the top by an oval shield charged with the arms party per fess vert and argent, two eels or serpents entwined between two flowering plants gules, ensigned by a prelate's hat and flanked by tassels arranged one, two, three. Round the rim is a narrow orange band and a wider yellow band decorated with orange, blue, black, and white strokes. On the back, grotesques radiate from a circle of simulated beading between yellow and orange `rope' edges. The foot is decorated with grotesques and has a yellow and orange petal border; the swelling at the top is yellow and orange.


History note: Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 19 July 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, first part of lot 277; 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: 8.2 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 1580 CE - 1600 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, and black)
Foot Diameter 10.1 cm
Widest Point Diameter 26.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall, the dish almost mat with speckles, the underside of the base pale beige. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, and black.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

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

Inscription present: rectangular with serrated edge and blue printed border

  • Text: 417
  • Method of creation: Printed in red
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.225-1991
Primary reference Number: 73292
Packing number: EURCER 376
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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