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Bacchus and Ariadne: C.2237-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bacchus and Ariadne


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica panel, painted in polychrome with Bacchus and Ariadne.

Dark buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the front; traces of glaze on the back. Painted in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, and manganese-purple. Rectangular.
Bacchus and Ariadne. Ariadne reclines in the foreground looking towards a female attendant who approaches from the right holding an infant in her arms. Bacchus sits further back drinking from a cup held by a baby satyr. Behind them are a monument and a tree over which a flying putto is hoisting up a blue drape, assisted by another who stands behind Ariadne. In the lower right corner is a basket of flowers, and a tiny fox on which is an `A'.


History note: Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher (MS Cat. 1580).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.5 cm
Height: 27.3 cm
Width: 20.0 cm

Relative size of this object

20 cm27.3 cm1.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
19th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1800 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A
  • Location: Lower right corner of front on fox
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2237-1928
Primary reference Number: 80768
Old object number: 1580
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Audit data

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

Associated departments & institutions

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

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