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Dish: C.4-1948

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Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with grotesques, divided by frames.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse off-white. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. Shape 63. Circular with narrow, slightly sloping rim, shallow curved sides and almost flat centre, standing on a low footring.The well is decorated with a symmetrical arrangement of grotesques, divided by four curved yellow frames with orange stripes. On the sides are slanting blue squiggles alternating with vertical strokes and, above and below, a yellow band with orange stripes. The rim is decorated with similar grotesques, separated by pairs of curved frames. The rim is yellow with orange stripes.


History note: Unknown

Legal notes

Given by P.C. Wilson

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 41.7 cm
Height: 5.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948) by Wilson, Peter C.


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1650 CE


The dish was accessioned as Urbino, late sixteenth century. However, the form of the grotesques, which terminate in comma-like scrolls filling in the background, indicate that it was more likely to have been made at Deruta during the first half of the seventeenth century.

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse off-white. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1948
Primary reference Number: 75008
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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