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Maiolica plate, painted in blue, yellow, orange and white, with a twelve-pointed figure, surrounded by grotesques, heads, shells, dolphins, and scrolls.

Earthenware, tin-glazed pale blue overall. Painted in dark blue, yellow, orange, and white. Shape 54 (Poole 1995) but less convex in the middle. The central medallion contains a blue rosette within a yellow twelve-pointed figure, the spaces between the points filled with orange dotted in white. The sides of the well are painted in white with stylised foliage. The rim is decorated with grotesques reserved in a dark blue ground: winged cherubs' heads, dolphins, cornucopiae, shells, and scrolls. On the back is a crossed circle with a small circle in one quarter, surrounded by two concentric circles. The well and rim are decorated with four rosettes separated by radial squiggles. Pairs of bands encircle the base and outer edge.


History note: Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd, London.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.3 cm
Height: 2.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1515 CE - 1530 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed lavender-blue overall; the reverse uneven and with numerous pin holes. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, green, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a crossed circle with a small circle in one quarter

  • Text: a pallone
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42-1931
Primary reference Number: 75032
Glaisher catalogue number: 2182
Additional Glaisher number: C.33-1931
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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