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Inkstand: C.230-1991

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Workshop: Patanazzi family (Probably)




Maiolica triangular inkstand, painted in polychrome, with a harpies, masks and grotesques.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for the underside of the feet. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, black, and white. Triangular with a bust of a harpy on each corner and three lion's-paw feet. The lower part of each side is decorated with gadrooning and a mask flanked by swags of fruit and foliage. Above, each side has a flat zone with a projecting moulding at the top. The interior is divided into three triangular compartments, two open and one closed with a circular hole in the centre for an inkwell. The feet are coloured yellow, the gadrooning blue and orange, and the corners, masks, and swags in polychrome. The flat areas on each side are decorated with grotesques. The top of the closed compartment is decorated with two dolphins and the other two with writing implements: quill pens, knives and shears. The borders are yellow, orange, and green.


History note: V.H. Bowring Hanbury, London; 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

Height: 12.1 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, Late
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)
Sides Width 28.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: 18/4
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue crayon
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.230-1991
Primary reference Number: 73324
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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

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