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Bowl: C.104-1927

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 3, shelf C


Workshop: Maestro Giorgio Andreoli


  • Bowl
  • bowl with broad rim
  • tondino



Maiolica bowl with broad rim, painted in blue and green, and red and gold lustre with a coat of arms, (Di Bate of Florence?) and grotesques

Pale yellowish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse, pale beige. Painted in blue and pale green, and with red and yellowish-gold lustre. Shape approximately 58. Circular with a broad, gently sloping rim and deep well; flat base.
The central medallion, edged with red lustre and blue circles, contains a shield of broad testa di cavallo form charged with the arms azure a tower argent debruised by a bend gules. The side of the well is gold overall, and the symmetrically arranged grotesques on the rim are reserved in a gold ground. At the top is a mask with a vase of fruit above it and, at the bottom, a winged putto's head above fruit in a bowl decorated alla porcellana, linked by fruit-filled cornucopiae to two monsters who crouch on the right and left. Two narrow blue bands encircle the outer edge. On the back, the base and shoulder are encircled by a wide and a narrow band of gold lustre, repeated in reverse order on the outer edge.


History note: Alexander Barker; Sir Francis Cook, Bt; Wyndham Francis Cook; Humphrey Wyndham Cook; Christie's, 7 July 1925, Catalogue of an important collection of objects of art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the property of Humphrey W. Cook, Esq., and removed from 8 Cadogan Square, S.W., being a portion of the celebrated collection formed by the late Sir Francis Cook, Bart, lot 25; F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.5 cm
Height: 4.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Gubbio ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1521

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and pale green) reduced pigment lustre ( copper appearing red) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow, appearing yellowish-gold)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale yellowish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse, pale beige. Painted in blue and pale green, and with red and yellowish-gold lustre.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with scarlet edge

  • Text: 40
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in scarlet
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: square

  • Text: 195
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular with printed blue cut-cornered frame

  • Text: Leverton Harris/£@/M.98
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: M/98
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.104-1927
Primary reference Number: 79244
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Monday 21 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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