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Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and brownish-orange. Shape 53. Circular with a broad, almost flat rim and shallow well, slightly convex in the middle.
In the well are five hounds attacking a bear, surrounded by a garland of leaves and berries. At the top of the rim is a medallion containing a palm, crossed by a wavy scroll inscribed `C/HI./LA.PVo/VE/R' (He who wants to have it/her ?), and, at the bottom, a similar medallion inscribed `P/AC/IEN/TI/A' (Pazienza: patience or pleasure). On the left and right of the rim are medallions containing respectively a bust of a young man in profile to right, and a bust of a Roman Emperor in profile to left. Between each medallion is an acanthus plant flanked by dragons addorsed and pennants on staves. The back is decorated in blue with a central `M' crossed surrounded by asterisks and dots, and twelve slanting stems of stylised foliage and dentated half-moon flowers radiating from the base to the edge.


History note: Geremia Delsette; probably sold Paris, Delbergue, 12 April 1866. Andrew Fountaine IV (1808-73); his heir; Christie's, 16 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 45; Charles Mannheim; J. Pierpont Morgan (d. 31 March 1913); collection purchased by Joseph Duveen, 1916; Dr Alfred Israel Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 7 June 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, lot 33.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37.7 cm
Height: 3.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1939-06-07) by Sotheby's


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1520 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and brownish-orange)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and brownish-orange.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C/HI./LA.PVo/VE/R
  • Location: Top of the rim
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: P/AC/IEN/TI/A
  • Location: At the bottom
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: 'M' crossed surrounded by asterisks and dot

  • Text: M
  • Location: On the back
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.20-1939
Primary reference Number: 78812
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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