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The Death of Lucretia: EC.33-1941

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Current Location: In storage


The Death of Lucretia


Maker: Grue, Carlo Antonio




Maiolica panel, painted in polychrome with The Death of Lucretia.

Greyish-buff earthenware, discoloured darker, tin-glazed on the front. The glaze surface has been pitted in firing, especially along the lower edge, and it has crawled in the lower left corner, on the lower edge near the lower right corner, and on the top edge. Painted in greyish-blue, pale olive-green, yellow, orange, and brown.
The Death of Lucretia. Tarquinius Collatinus (or Brutus) stands in the middle holding a dagger with which Lucretia has killed herself. She lies on the ground in front of an ornate cabinet. Beside it three soldiers and a woman are observing him. Two more men stand to the right, and another in armour stands aloof from the action, on the extreme right. In the background to left is a draped-up curtain, to right, a torquate column, and in the distance, temples and other buildings. The lower left corner is signed in brown `CAG.P.'.


History note: Lord Blantyre; by descent to his granddaughter, Miss Evelyn Gladstone; Sotheby's, 7 November 1941, lot 7 (1)

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.8 cm
Height: 26.0 cm
Length: 57.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1941) by Sotheby's


18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1700


The design must surely have been derived from an engraving but it has not yet been identified.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( greyish-blue, pale olive-green, yellow, orange, and brown)
Front composed of tin-glaze

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: C smaller raised A G.P

  • Text: CAG.P.
  • Location: Lower left corner
  • Method of creation: In brown
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.33-1941
Primary reference Number: 76950
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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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