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St Jerome in the Wilderness: C.72-1927

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Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 3, shelf C


St Jerome in the Wilderness


Workshop: Maestro Giorgio Andreoli




Maiolica bowl moulded in relief with St Jerome in the Wilderness and painted in blue and green, and red and gold lustre

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pinkish-beige overall. Painted in blue and green, and with red and brownish-gold lustre.
Shape 76. Circular with shallow curving sides; the base is slightly concave. Moulded with decoration in relief.
St Jerome in the Wilderness. The Saint kneels facing to the right, holding a crucifix in his left hand and a stone in his right. A lion sits to the right of him. In the background there are two hills and two cypress trees. The sky is indicated by blue stripes and lustre clouds. Round the rim is a border comprising a band of red lustre, two narrow blue bands with diagonal strokes between them, and a band of gold lustre. On the back, there are three concentric bands of brownish-gold lustre midway across the sides.


History note: Lord Hastings; Christie's, 20-21 March 1888, Catalogue of majolica, Palissy ware, German stoneware, Limoges enamels, the property of The Right Hon. Lord Hastings of Melton Constable, Norfolk, probably lot 6; Wilson. Alfred Spero, London; F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926).

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16 cm
Height: 3.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Gubbio ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


16th Century, second quarter#
Circa 1525 CE - 1550 CE


Bowls of this type are more commonly attributed to Deruta, but the colouring and lustre suggest that this example was made in Gubbio

Label text from the exhibition ‘Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 7 March until 4 June 2017: The interior of this bowl is completely filled with a scene of the penitent St Jerome. The hermit is shown kneeling in a hilly landscape, gazing at a crucifix held aloft in his left hand, while clasping a large stone in his right, with which to beat his breast in penitence. The reverse of the bowl is embellished with lustreware bands, which give it an air of luxury.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and green) reduced pigment lustre ( copper appearing red) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow, appearing brownish-gold)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pinkish-beige overall, and painted in blue and green, and with red and brownish-gold lustre.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular, rose pink

  • Text: 'LORD HASTINGS' in the centre, 'MUSEUM*ART.TREASURES EXHIBITION*' round the outside
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 127
  • Method of creation: In faded ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.72-1927
Primary reference Number: 75924
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 9 January 2024

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

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