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Paris as a Shepherd: C.243-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Paris as a Shepherd


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica shallow bowl, painted in polychrome with Paris as a Shepherd.

Shallow bowl. Earthenware, tin-glazed cream overall; the reverse speckled. Painted in blue, yellowish-green, yellow, dark yellow, orange, manganese-purple, and black.
Shape approximately 76. Circular with curved sides, slightly concave in the centre, and recessed underneath.
Paris as a Shepherd, wearing a purple Phrygian cap, a yellow tunic and boots, sits on a rock, holding the two halves of a broken bow. In the landscape background there is a tall rock and a distant mountain against a sunset sky. A blue band and a wider yellow band encircle the outer edge. On the back there are two yellow bands round the edge and one round the base.


History note: Kerin, London, from whom purchased in March 1918 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.4 cm
Height: 3.5 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
Circa 1565 CE - 1580 CE

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed cream overall; the reverse speckled. Painted in blue, yellowish-green, yellow, dark yellow, orange, manganese-purple, and black.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.243-1991
Primary reference Number: 73507
Packing number: EURCER 675
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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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