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Plate: C.26-1932

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Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 3, shelf A


Painter: Master of the Speckled Birds (Probably)




Maiolica plate with a broad rim, painted in polychrome, with a putto riding a sea monster, surrounded by a symmetrical design of grotesques, masks, swags, heads, scrolls, and trophies.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, orange, and white. Shape 54. Thickly potted and heavy for its size.
The central medallion contains a putto riding a sea monster reserved in a yellow ground. The sides are decorated with bianco sopra bianco scales and a row of beading over blue and orange bands. On the rim, reserved in a dark blue ground, is a symmetrical design of coloured grotesques incorporating winged heads, speckled birds, masks, swags, military trophies, and foliate scrolls, surrounded by a narrow repeating border of pairs of chevrons alternating with three beads. The edge is yellow. On the back, there is an orange asterisk with arrows pointing inwards between each ray, surrounded by two rows of radiating blue petals between blue concentric bands. The outer petals are larger than those in the inner row and have double outlines. The petals are transversely striped in blue and the spaces in orange.


History note: Baron Albert von Parpart; Cologne, Heberle, 20-25 April, 1884, lot 913. Baron Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris. Kurt Glogowski; Sotheby's, 8 June 1932, Catalogue of the well-known collection of important Italian majolica, also bronzes and statuary, velvets, textiles and embroideries, fine Oriental rugs, & c. the property of Herr Kurt Glogowski of Berlin, lot 35.

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Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.5 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Italy
  • Siena ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1932-06-08) by Sotheby's


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1510 CE - 1520 CE


In 1995 this dish was attributed to Siena or Faenza, but Erani (2002) attributed dishes with the speckled bird motif to a painter working in Faenza in the early 16th century on the basis of sherds found there, and named the painted the Master of the Speckled Birds

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, orange, and white.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.26-1932
Primary reference Number: 73801
Glaisher additions number: Gl. Add.44-1932
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 9 January 2024

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

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