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Dish: C.63-1927

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 4, shelf C

Maker(s)

Potter: Unidentified Castel Durante potter (Possibly)
Potter: Unidentified Urbino potter (Possibly)

Entities

  • Dish
  • dish standing on low foot

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Description

Maiolica dish standing on a low foot, painted in polychrome, with a bust of a female warrior named MARTA B(ELLA) on a scroll\par

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse severely crazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese. Shape 77. Circular with shallow curved sides, standing on a narrow ring foot.
A bust of a female warrior faces in profile to left, wearing a fantastic parade helmet in the shape of a crouching lion-like beast. Her name, `MA/RTA B'(Bella) is inscribed on a scroll arched over her head. The background and rim are blue.

Notes

History note: Stora, dealer in Paris, from whom purchased in 1920 by F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926)

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.0 cm
Height: 4.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castel Durante ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

16th century
Renaissance
Circa 1520 CE - 1530 CE

Note

Dishes decorated with heads of women or men, have traditionally been attributed to Castel Durante, but may equally well have been made in Urbino. This is one of a small group decorated with young women wearing elaborate parade helmets or visor-like headdresses. The only dated example, of 1522, is in the Museo Civico, Pesaro. Inscribed `FAVSTINA', it differs from the rest of the group in having a border of bound leaves and fruits. The others are `DEIDAMIA' in the Kunstgewerbe¬museum, Berlin.`BRADAMANTE BEL' at the Ceramic Museum at Sèvres, and later, and painted in a different style, `MARFISA' in the Museo internationale delle ceramiche at Faenza. Closely related to Deidamia is a small group of dishes with girls wearing visor-like headdresses: `CARENDINA' in the Lehman collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, `TARSIA B' in the Gambier¬-Parry collec¬tion at the Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, and `PHILOMENA' in the Metropolitan Museum. The Fitzwilliam Museum's MARTA B' differs from all these in having an extremely long and slender neck, a zoomorphic helmet as opposed to one decorated with grotesque masks, wings or shell-like coils, and an arched name scroll instead of a coiling ribbon passing behind her shoulders. In this respect it resembles two dishes decorated with heads of men wearing Saracen-style helmets and having an arched scroll over their head bearing their name, 'CATELINA' and 'SANSONE'. There are several further dishes decorated with men wearing helmets, such

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze
Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse severely crazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: or 602

  • Text: 662
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In blue, after firing

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.63-1927
Primary reference Number: 79249
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Audit data

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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