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Maiolica dish with a broad rim: EC.36-1942

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


Maiolica dish with a broad rim


Maker: 'Assumption Painter'




Painted in polychrome, with a man being fired at by arrows in a landscape, being released or tied up by a young woman

Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and opaque white. There are three small spur marks in the well. Shape approximately 59 (Poole 1995), slightly convex in the middle. Circular with a broad rim, and deep curved well, slightly convex in the middle.
The central medallion contains a landscape in which a stream of arrows speeds towards a young man who is bound to a stake, while a young woman is either tying him up or releasing him. The sides are decorated with bianco sopra bianco and orange Vs between rows of simulated beading. On the rim are grotesques reserved in a dark blue ground: four labels inscribed `1520', each flanked by cornucopiae and scrolls and surmounted by a winged putto's head, alternating with four grotesque masks, each flanked by dolphin scrolls and surmounted by a palmette. The rim is yellow.
The middle of the back is painted in blue with three concentric circles, crossed by two lines. One quarter contains a small circle, the other three an arrow pointing towards the centre. Radiating from the base are two rows of blue petals, the inner row transversely striped in blue and the outer in orange. The spaces between the petals are filled with blue transverse lines, and three narrow concentric blue bands encircle the edge.


History note: Sir Otto Beit; Sir Alfred Beit; Sotheby's, 16 October 1942, Catalogue of important Italian majolica, the property of Sir Alfred Beit Bt, MP, lot 22.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Leverton Harris Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.6 cm
Height: 4.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1942) by Sotheby's


16th century
Production date: AD 1520 : dated

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

in dark blue, pale blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and opaque white High-temperature colours

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in dark blue, pale blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and opaque white. There are three small spur marks in the well.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1520
  • Location: On rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Text: 711
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Red paint

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.36-1942
Primary reference Number: 80787
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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