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Plate: EC.19-1939

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Object information

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


Maker: Unidentified Castel Durante potter (Possibly)




Maiolica plate, painted in blue, green, yellow and orange, with a putto standing on a pedestal, surrounded by trophies, masks and shields.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed thickly overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, pale green, yellow, and orange.
Circular with a broad, gently sloping rim and shallow central depression.
In the middle, a putto with his arms behind his back stands on a pedestal. Below, two putti kneel on either side of a grotesque mask and a basket of fruit and leaves. The lower part of the ground is pale green, the rest is decorated with short looped ribbons, and military trophies comprising maces, pipes, drums and shields, with on the left and right, a cuirass, reserved in a dark blue ground. Two narrow blue bands encircle the edge. The back is decorated in blue with three branching plant sprays separated by pairs of curved lines and, on the edge, a narrow band.


History note: Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 7 June 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, lot 97.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.6 cm
Height: 1.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castel Durante ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1939-06-07) by Sotheby's


16th Century
Circa 1515 CE - 1525 CE


The mask with a basket of fruit above may have been derived from a print of an Ornamental Panel engraved by Agostino Veneziano after Raphael or Giovanni da Udine (Illustrated Bartsch, 27, p. 258, no. 572)

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed thickly overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, pale green, yellow, and orange.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.19-1939
Primary reference Number: 79299
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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