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Caesar crossing a river in a boat: C.180-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Caesar crossing a river in a boat


Workshop: Bettisi, Leonardo di Antonio




Renaissance maiolica broad-rimmed bowl, painted in blue, yellow and orange with Caesar crossing a river in a boat.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange. Shape approximately 59. Circular with a broad sloping rim and deep well.
Caesar crossing a River in a Boat. Caesar is seated in a boat rowed with one oar by a boatman. In the foreground are waves and in the background a riverbank and hills. In the sky is an oval shield charged with the arms of the Wittelsbach Dukes of Bavaria surmounted by a coronet. At the bottom of the rim there is a rectangular panel inscribed, `solitariamentae Cesare/pasa' il fiume' chentra/nel mare tra Gaeta e'tara/cina [?]'(alone Caesar crosses the river which enters the sea between Gaeta and Taracina [?]). A narrow blue band, and a yellow band between two orange, encircle the rim. The back is inscribed in the middle in brownish-orange `.DO.PI.'.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.8 cm
Height: 5.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1576

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular wih serrated edge

  • Text: 353
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: in a rectangular panel

  • Text: solitariamentae Cesare/pasa' il fiume' chentra/nel mare tra Gaeta e'tara/cina [?]
  • Location: At the bottom of the rim
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: .DO.PI.
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in brownish-yellow
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.180-1991
Primary reference Number: 80732
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 June 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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