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Dish: C.258-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with a bust of a woman in the middle, surrounded by foliage in panels.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The glaze has crawled at the top of the rim and at centre back. Painted in greyish-blue, yellowish-green, yellow, and orange.
Shape approximately 64 with plain rim. Circular with narrow, slightly sloping rim, short, almost vertical sides and flat centre.
The central medallion contains a full-face bust of a woman wearing a ruff, framed by yellow and orange foliage between pairs of narrow concentric blue circles. Outside this, four panels of blue and white foliage alternate with smaller panels of orange and white foliage, enclosed by curved frames of yellow and orange egg and dart ornament or beading. The side is decorated with yellow and orange egg and dart between pairs of blue horizontal bands, and the rim with panels of yellow and white foliage alternating with smaller panels of blue and yellow plants, enclosed by curved green frames. The edge is yellow.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 102; 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: 39.9 cm
Height: 4.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1620 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in greyish-blue, yellowish-green, yellow, and orange)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The glaze has crawled at the top of the rim and at centre back. Painted in greyish-blue, yellowish-green, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: remains of a circular Ridout collection label

  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 102/
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 433
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.258-1991
Primary reference Number: 73746
Packing number: EURCER 354
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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