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Basin: C.253-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Unidentified Deruta pottery (Potter)

Description

Maiolica basin for ewer, painted in pale blue with, in the middle, a putto, surrounded by insects, leaves, fruit and buildings in landscapes.

Buff earthenware, covered overall with thick tin-glaze, which has crawled on the left and right of the front, leaving several small bare areas. The glaze on both sides has many pinholes. Painted in pale blue.
Circular with a narrow rim, shallow gadrooned sides, and convex centre with a circular emplacement for a ewer, surrounded by radiating petals. The basin has warped in firing.
In the middle inside a circle, a putto stands holding a sword or baton, surrounded by insects, leaves and fruit. In the well are four vignettes of buildings in landscapes. The rest of the surface is scattered with detached stylised floral sprays and insects. A narrow band encircles the outer edge.

Notes

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

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 45.7 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

17th Century
18th century
Circa 1690 CE - 1720 CE

Note

Designs comprising vignettes of buildings in landscapes, figures, detached floral sprigs, and insects strewn over the surface, 'a tappezzeria', were among the most common types of decoration on Ligurian pharmaceutical and domestic maiolica during the second half of the seventeenth, and early eighteenth, century. This style of decoration spread to other maiolica centres, and the shape of this basin suggests that it was probably made in Deruta

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, covered overall with thick tin-glaze, which has crawled on the left and right of the front, leaving several small bare areas. The glaze on both sides has many pinholes. Painted in pale blue.
Tin-glazing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.253-1991
Primary reference Number: 73670
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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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