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Basin: C.38-1931

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Possibly Mancini Workshop (Potter)


Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse has brown speckles and is tinged with green in two areas. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and brownish-orange.
Shape approximately 71. Circular with a narrow rim, wide shallow well and flat centre surrounded by a circular rib. The basin has warped.
In the middle is a beribboned shield of testa di cavallo form, charged with the arms of Colonna, or a column argent (shown as brownish-orange with a blue and white column), flanked by the letters `.VI' and `VA.'. The blue rib is surrounded by a border of blue and yellow half-flowers. The sides are decorated with formal plants and foliate scrolls bearing stylised fruits and flowers. On the rim is a border of bulbs and sprays of stylised flowers on a blue ground. The back is inscribed in the middle in blue with an `M' crossed, and round the rim are interlacing blue petals.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32.3 cm
Height: 3.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931) by Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd.


16th century
Circa 1530 CE - 1560 CE

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse has brown speckles and is tinged with green in two areas. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and brownish-orange.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.38-1931
Primary reference Number: 74733
Glaisher number: 2195
Glaisher Additions: C.29-1931
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

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

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