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Phaeton in the Chariot of the Sun: EC.4-1937

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Phaeton in the Chariot of the Sun


Unidentified (Maker)
After Veneziano, Agostino (Engraver)


Maiolica cover or small plate, painted in polychrome, with Phaeton in the Chariot of the Sun.

Yellowish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, a little manganese-purple, black, and white. Circular with a narrow, flat rim, shallow curved sides and flat centre, standing on a footring.
Phaeton in the Chariot of the Sun. He stands, holding a flaming torch in his left hand, his right arm raised to catch a drapery which swirls around him and over his head. The chariot is drawn through clouds by four spirited, cavorting horses: Pyroïs, Eoüs, Aethon, and Phlegon. The sky is yellow. On the base, a nude warrior (probably David) has just beheaded another (probably Goliath), whose elderly, bearded head lies in the foreground. Outside the footring there is a frieze of struggling male nudes.


History note: Adrien-Joseph Rattier; Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 21-24 March 1859, Catalogue des objects d'art et de haute curiosité de feu M. Rattier, lot 50. Charles Ricketts, RA (1866-1931), and Charles H. Shannon, RA (1863-1937)

Legal notes

C.H. Shannon Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13.0 cm
Height: 2.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937-04-07) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


Mid 16th century
Circa 1545 CE - 1560 CE


The source of the design was the engraving of Phaeton by Agostino Veneziano, perhaps after Raphael.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Yellowish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, a little manganese-purple, black, and white.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.4-1937
Primary reference Number: 76971
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 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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