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Dish: C.107-1927

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Probably Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Workshop)


Maiolica dish standing on a low foot, painted in polychrome and red and gold lustre, with a bust of a young woman, inscribed 'MADAL/ENA B'.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale beige overall. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, and white; red and gold lustre. Shape 79. Circular with shallow curved sides, standing on a low foot.
A bust of a young woman, full face, her head inclined slightly to her right, and eyes half closed. Her auburn hair is dressed with a centre parting and a plait over the top of her head. She wears a white turban with a radiating design in blue, orange, and red lustre. Round her neck there is an orange necklace with a small pendant. Her gown's decolleté neckline is filled in by a V-necked chemise of diaphanous orange material. A scroll inscribed `MADAL/ENA B' projects on either side of her head. The dark blue ground is scattered with red lustre stars and the rim is encircled by a band of gold lustre. The back is decorated in gold and yellowish-red lustre with a central curved stroke and, on the sides, with three curved strokes separated by straight strokes. There are also several orange splodges and speckles.


History note: Ernest Ambrose Vivian, 2nd Lord Swansea (1848-1922); Swansea, Knight, Frank & Rutley, 13-19 October 1919, A catalogue of the contents of Singleton Abbey, Swansea, lot 662; F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926) by whom bequeathed

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.8 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Gubbio ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


Second quarter of 16th century
Circa 1530 CE - 1540 CE

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale beige overall. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, and white; red and gold lustre.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: M 69
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.107-1927
Primary reference Number: 79246
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 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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