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Plate: C.227-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Workshop: Patanazzi family (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with two shields of arms side by side, surrounded by grotesques.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse speckled. Painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, orange, and black.
Circular with narrow, slightly sloping rim and shallow well; recessed base.
Two shields of arms side by side are surrounded by grotesques: masks, monsters, a basket of fruit, two flaming urns, and demi-human figures. The shield on the left is charged with the arms or, on a bend sinister azure three roses of the first, with above a close helmet facing to sinister with, as a crest a demi-maiden vested azure, arms extended, grasping in each hand by the stalk a flower of the arms; the shield on the right is charged with the arms per pale or and sable, a man erased countercharged, wearing an ancient crown and holding a sceptre in his right hand, above is a helmet for the Kolbenturnier, with as a crest the man as in the arms. On the edge there is a narrow orange band and orange petals over a yellow band. The back is decorated with concentric yellow bands: two round the foot, one at the shoulder, and one by the rim.


History note: John Postle Heseltine; Sotheby's, 24 May 1935, Catalogue of valuable bronzes and statuary . . . Italian majolica etc., the property of the late J.P. Heseltine Esq., of 91 Eaton Square S.W., second part of lot 90; 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

Diameter: 22.6 cm
Height: 2.8 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 1593 - 1598


This plate and other of its type bear witness to the substantial export trade in maiolica to northern Europe, particularly to German cities. It is one of several known plates bearing the arms of Christell and Mair (or Mayr) of Augsburg, and was probably made either to celebrate the wedding of Christoph Christell (d. 1598) and Ursula Mair (d. 1626) on 3 March 1593, or at a later date during their marriage. There are at least six more plates known from the service: in the Wallace Collection, the the Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Augsburg (7597 & 7598);the Württembergischen Landesmuseum, Stuttgart (Krongut 729¬7);the Musée des Antiquités de la Seine-Maritime, Rouen;and formerly in the Richard Zschille collection

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, greyish-green, yellow, orange, and black)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse speckled. Painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, orange, and black.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.227-1991
Primary reference Number: 73304
Packing number: EURCER 363
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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