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Dish: C.58-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica dish with a broad rim, painted in polychrome with two nude infants wrestling or embracing in a landscape, surrounded by grotesques, trophies and masks.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and opaque white.
Shape appoximately 66 but less convex in the centre. The central medallion contains two nude infants with draperies wrestling or embracing in a landscape edged by simulated beading. The lower part of the sides are decorated with orange dotted motifs, the rest with grotesques reserved in a dark blue ground: four musical trophies, each with scrolls below and a mask above, alternate with four military trophies, each flanked by cornucopiae and exotic birds and surmounted by a winged shell. The spaces by the rim are filled by small military trophies. The back is painted in the middle in blue with a crossed circle with a smaller circle in one quarter. Radiating from the base there is a double row of petals, alternately filled with blue and orange transverse lines. The spaces between the tips of the outer petals are striped in orange. The base and the outer edge are encircled by two blue bands and a wider blue band.


History note: Baron Gustave de Rothschild; Sir Philip Sassoon, Bt and the Countess of Rocksavage; Christie's, 26 November 1919, Catalogue of objects of art, porcelain and faience and fine French tapestry, the property of Sir Philip Sassoon Bart, MP, CMG and the Countess of Rocksavage of 25 Park Lane, lot 34; F. Leverton Harris.

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F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.0 cm
Height: 4.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1510 CE - 1525 CE

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.58-1927
Primary reference Number: 75574
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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