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Bowl: MAR.C.65-1912

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


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


  • Bowl
  • shallow bowl on low foot



Maiolica shallow bowl on a low foot, painted in polychrome with a bust of a young woman, inscribed `LAVRA/BELLA'.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, cream, and black. Circular, with shallow curved sides, standing on a low foot.
A bust of a young woman, three-quarters to right, her gaze cast downwards to her right. Her blonde hair is dressed in a plait over the crown of her head. She wears a green and yellow turban embroidered with black scrolling foliage; two gold chains and a rope of beads; and a green dress with a yellow chemise showing on the shoulders. A scroll inscribed `LAVRA/BELLA' in blue projects on either side of her head. The background is blue. On the back are four concentric yellow bands: on the edge of the foot, just beyond the junction of the foot and bowl, and two round the rim.


History note: Perhaps the Marquis D'Azeglio; Paris, Hotel Drouot, 16-17 March 1868, Catalogue de fa├»ences italiennes et autres ainsi que d'objets d'art et de curiosit├ę . . . formant la collection de M. le Marquis d'Azeglio, lot 75. C.B. Marlay before 1887.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.7 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

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

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century
Circa 1525 CE - 1535 CE


This type of dish is traditionally attributed to Castel Durante, but could have been made in Urbino

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.65-1912
Primary reference Number: 79262
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 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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