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Dish: C.89-1961

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Current Location: In storage

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Workshop: Patanazzi family

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Description

Maiolica dish painted in polychrome with the Muse Terpsichore in the central medallion, surrounded by grotesques on the sides and rim.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is slightly uneven, and shows the fabric where it is thinly applied. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, a little manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.
Shape 59. Circular with broad, slightly sloping rim and broad, deep well, standing on a footring.
The central medallion shows the Muse Terpsichore standing in profile to right playing a harp, in a landscape encircled by simulated beading. On the sides of the well, at top and bottom, there is a winged herm, flanked by seated putti holding branches, and on the left and right, pairs of bears addorsed. The shoulder is encircled by two yellow bands flanking a wider yellow band with orange radial strokes. The rim is decorated with grotesques and pseudo-gems. On the edge there are narrow and wide yellow bands decorated with orange and white radial lines with blue rectangles between each pair. The back is encircled by yellow bands: one wide and one narrow outside the footring, one wide between two narrow at the shoulder, and one narrow and one wide on the outer edge.

Notes

History note: Andrew Fountaine IV; his heir; Christie's, 17 June 1884, Catalogue of the celebrated Fountaine collection of majolika, Henry II ware, Palissy ware, Nevers ware, Limoges enamels . . ., removed from Narford Hall, Norfolk, lot 156; Prof. Hermann. Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 7 June 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, the first portion; 19-20 July 1939, the second and final portion, lot 74; Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, LL.D, Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.6 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

Dating

16th century
Renaissance
Circa 1580 CE - 1600 CE

School or Style

Renaissance
Mannerist

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, a little manganese-purple, black, grey, and white)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze
Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is slightly uneven, and shows the fabric where it is thinly applied. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, a little manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'af' and '124'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Collector's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.89-1961
Primary reference Number: 76299
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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