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Vase: C.97-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: 'Master of the frowning profiles' (Possibly)




Maiolica vase, painted in blue, yellow, green and orange, with a bust of a young woman, inscribed 'BEATRI'.

Pinkish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted mainly in dark blue, with a little green, yellow, and brownish-orange. Globular body with short cylindrical neck widening towards the rim, and a circular spreading foot rising into a short stem with a slight angle in the middle.
On the front, within a wreath of leaves and berries, is a bust of a dour young woman in profile to left facing a scroll inscribed `BEATRI' (Beatrice). The rest of the body is decorated with stylised scrolling foliage and dots. On the neck, there are semi-circles enclosing spots between horizontal bands; on the stem, two horizontal bands, and on the foot, a wavy line with spots at intervals, and concentric bands of different widths.


History note: Alessandro Imbert; Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome, from whom purchased in 1919 by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Naples ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy
  • Vietri ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


Formerly attributed possibly to Naples. For an alternative possible attribution to Vietri see Documentation, Tortolani, 2006 and 2013.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( mainly in dark blue, with a little green, yellow, and brownish-orange)
Rim Diameter 10.2 cm
Foot Diameter 12 cm
Wdiest Part Diameter 17.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish-buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted mainly in dark blue, with a little green, yellow, and brownish-orange.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: BEATRI
  • Location: On scroll
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: round the edge in blue `COLLECTION A.IMBERT . ROME' in the middle `No' followed by `402' in black ink and `M 56' in pencil
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue, inscribed in black ink, and pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.97-1927
Primary reference Number: 76474
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 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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