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The Virgin as Queen of Heaven: C.2204-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Virgin as Queen of Heaven


Maker: Unknown (Perhaps)




Maiolica panel of The Virgin as Queen of Heaven, painted in blue, yellow, orange, and brown.

Panel. Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the front and parts of the outer edge. There is a large fault in the glaze on the left side of the Virgin. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-brown.
The Virgin stands with her hands clasped, wearing a billowing robe. Above her head is a halo composed of twelve stars and beneath her feet there is a serpent and a crescent moon. The background is yellow. On either side of her is an inscription in blue Roman capitals: `MARIA MATER MISERI CORDIAE 1744' (Mary Mother of Mercy). The edge is bordered by an orange scalloped line, a straight line, and linked S-scrolls. The back is inscribed in black, `.G.M./M/P.'.


History note: Roger Roe, Cambridge, from whom purchased on 21 January 1925 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher for £4.10.0 (MS Cat. 4469).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 3.0 cm
Height: 32.5 cm
Width: 25.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Mid
Production date: AD 1744 : dated

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-brown)
Front, Outer Edge composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On either side of Virgin
  • Method of creation: In blue Roman capitals
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: .G.M./M/P.
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2204-1928
Primary reference Number: 79091
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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