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Dish: C.280-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Probably Unidentified Bologna pottery (Maker)
Probably Unidentified Ferrara pottery (Maker)


Renaissance, earthenware dish, slip coated, incised, painted in blue, green, and brownish-yellow under lead glaze, with, in the middle, a bust of a woman .

Red earthenware, coated in white slip except for the base. The front is incised and painted in blue, green, and brownish-yellow under lead glaze. There are three spur marks in the well. Circular with a sloping rim and shallow well (Shape 88).
In the middle, within three concentric circles, is a bust of a woman in profile to the left, in front of a fence and two cone-shaped trees. The rim is decorated with a wavy stem of denated leaves between two pairs of concentric bands.


History note: Murray Collection, Florence; Berlin, Cassirer and Helbing, 6-7 November 1929, Sammlung Murray Florence, lot 135, pl. XXIV. 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: 34.5 cm
Height: 5.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy
  • Ferrara ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


First third of 16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1530 CE


Probably Bologna or Ferrara

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, and brownish-yellow)

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Slip-coated : Red earthenware, coated in white slip except for the base. The front is incised and painted in blue, green, and brownish-yellow under lead glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval label with gold edge

  • Text: 36
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.280-1991
Primary reference Number: 74085
Packing number: EURCER 333
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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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