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Temperance: C.238-1991

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Domenego da Venezia (Workshop)


Renaissance maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with a woman representing Temperance.

Plate. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse tinged with green. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, and black.
Shape 51. Circular with gently sloping sides and small shallow well.
A woman representing Temperance stands holding a ewer in her right hand and a vase in her left. She wears a yellow skirt, a blue tunic and a purple cloak. In the foreground is a stony path, on the left, three trees, and in the distance, the sea or a lake with hills and buildings on the right. The rim is yellow.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, lot 56; 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: 24.8 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1550 - 1570 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, and black)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse tinged with green. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, and black.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 176
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.238-1991
Primary reference Number: 73420
Packing number: EURCER 685
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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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