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Plate: C.233-1991

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Renaissance maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with, in the middle, a multi-petalled flower flanked, on the sides, by flowers, pears or quinces and a plum.

Plate. Earthenware, tin-glazed pale greyish-blue overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and white.
Shape 51. Circular with a wide sloping rim and narrow well, slightly convex in the centre.
In the middle there is a multi-petalled flower flanked by eight-petalled blue and white flowers with yellow centres. Above is a brace of pears or quinces on a leafy stem and below two more and a plum on a leafy stem. Two blue bands encircle the rim. On the back, eight large blue petals with smaller petals between the tips radiate from the base.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 58; H.S. Reitlinger; Sotheby's, 3 November 1970, Fine Italian maiolica and continental pottery, lot 20 (sold to Climente); the Reitlinger Trust.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.0 cm
Height: 2.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th century
Circa 1545 - 1600 1600

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed pale greyish-blue overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Method of creation: Printed in blue
  • Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 170
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.233-1991
Primary reference Number: 73371
Packing number: EURCER 369
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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