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Inkstand with River God: C.229 & A-1991

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Inkstand with River God


Workshop: Patanazzi family (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica inkstand, painted in polychrome, with a moulded river god on the top and grotesques decorated on the sides.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for the edge of the base. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, black, and white. Rectangular with projecting mouldings at the top and bottom, and a drawer at the front. A slightly raised platform on the top supports a river god who reclines with his left elbow resting on an urn with water flowing from it. Behind him to the left there is a clump of reeds and on the front left corner, a vase for ink.
The river god, reeds and water are coloured naturalistically. The sides are decorated with grotesques in narrow panels framed by yellow and orange, and blue and white, borders. The inkwell is spattered to resemble coloured marble, and the urn is streaked in yellow and orange.


History note: V.H. Bowring Hanbury; Knight, Frank & Rutley, 17 July 1934, Catalogue of porcelain, pictures, miniatures, silver, furniture, etc. removed from a West-End mansion, part of lot 18; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Depth: 17.8 cm
Height: 21 cm
Width: 22.1 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
17th Century, Early#
Circa 1575 CE - 1605 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

except for the edge of the base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for the edge of the base. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, black, and white.

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.229 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 73313
Packing number: EURCER 324
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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