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An Abduction: C.235-1991

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Current Location: In storage


An Abduction


Workshop: Domenego da Venezia




Renaissance maiolica deep dish, painted in polychrome with An Abduction, depicting a woman kneeling before a statue of Caesar, with soldiers restraining two women, in a landscape.

Deep dish. Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. The surface is very glossy. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, brown, black, and white.
Shape 68. Circular with deep sides and flat everted rim, standing on a footring.
An Abduction. On the right a woman kneels before a statue of Caesar or a god on a high pedestal. Behind her, a soldier restrains a standing woman and, further to the left, another seizes a second woman. Further back are two men, one of whom has a quiver on his back, and looks into the distance. In the foreground to left are a tree and grass beside a stream, and in the background, a tree, the sea and a shoreline with distant mountains. Round the edge are two narrow blue bands with groups of short oblique strokes at intervals, and a yellow band on the rim. The back is inscribed in the middle in blue `.rapimento. digiganti -' (rape of or by the giants). The sides are decorated with concentric bands: yellow, blue, yellow, blue, two yellow.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30.0 cm
Height: 6.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1560 - 1570

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. The surface is very glossy. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, brown, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 12/848a
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil and ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 463/a
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: .rapimento. digiganti
  • Location: On the back in the middle
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.235-1991
Primary reference Number: 73392
Packing number: EURCER 388
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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