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Bowl: OC.8-1940

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown (Probably)




Pale red earthenware covered with white slip except for the underside of the foot. Incised and painted in green and brownish-yellow under lead glaze which extends over the outside. Three spur marks inside.
Shape 94.
Inside is a Cross with strokes over the stem and arms, standing on a mount.


History note: Purportedly from Cyprus. George Davis Hornblower (1864-1951) by whom given

Legal notes

Given by G.D. Hornblower, OBE

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 10.5 cm
Height: 5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940) by Hornblower, G. D., OBE


Late 15th century
Early 16th Century
Circa 1470 CE - 1520 CE


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: Conduct books insisted that the family meal should be a sober, devout occasion. Everyday crockery with sacred motifs, such as the instruments of the Passion of Christ, or the cross bearing the nails that pierced Christ’s body, reminded diners of the central beliefs of their faith, while scenes from the lives of the saints, such as the image of St Francis with a rosary on the one-handled cup, offered models of Christian piety, obedience and restraint.

This bowl was formerly attributed to Cyrpus

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( green and brownish-yellow)
Foot Diameter 5.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Slip-coated : Pale red earthenware covered with white slip except for the underside of the foot. Incised and painted in green and brownish-yellow under lead glaze which extends over the outside.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.8-1940
Primary reference Number: 77841
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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