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Two-handled bowl: C.2271-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unidentified Pesaro potter (Possibly)
Potter: Unidentified Urbania potter (Possibly)




Maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in blue, yellow, orange, and purple with an angel and inscription 'COMARE LA/SVPPA', and grotesque birds.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple.
Circular bowl with deep sides, domed foot, and two loop handles, each with a branch on each side near the top.
Inside, an angel holding a drape inscribed 'COMARE LA/SVPPA' (Godmother's or Mother's soup) is surrounded by small grotesque birds and plant ornament. The border comprises a wide yellow band, blue and yellow slanting dashes and dots, and a blue band. The rim is yellow with orange strokes over its edge. On each side of the exterior there are two grotesque birds, with above, a wide yellow band and below, four narrow orange bands superimposed on a wide yellow band. A blue band encircles the junction of the bowl and stem. The edge of the foot is yellow. The handles have yellow sides striped in orange and blue backs striped in manganese.


History note: Leone Dalla Torre, 355 Piazzetta dei Leoni, Venice, from whom purchased in 1903 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Width: 19.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Urbania ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th century
1700 CE - 1800 CE


Probably made in Pesaro, or Urbania. Formerly attributed to Deruta.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple)
Foot Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2271-1928
Primary reference Number: 79465
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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