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A Battle: MAR.C.58-1912

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Current Location: In storage


A Battle


Workshop: Durantino, Guido (Probably)




Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige and faintly tinged with green. Painted blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white. Circular with scalloped rim of twenty arcs, curved sides moulded with four double petal outlines, and convex centre, originally standing on a low foot.
Two armies in Roman costume, positioned on the right and left, are about to attack each other. One man has already been killed and lies on the ground in the middle. The commander of the troop on the right has an eagle crest on his helmet, and carries an oval shield charged with an eagle displayed below a crown; two soldiers behind him also have eagle crests. One of the opposing force carries a standard with a frog on it. In the landscape background there are tents, a tree, the sea and mountainous islands with buildings. The rim is yellow. On the back, the petals are outlined in blue and a yellow band encircles the rim.


History note: C.B. Marlay before 1887.

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.0 cm
Height: 5.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1545 CE - 1560 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white) tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige and faintly tinged with green. Painted blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.58-1912
Primary reference Number: 79718
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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