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Lamp: C.2258-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica lamp in the shape of a woman, painted in polychrone.

Earthenware, tin-glazed pale yellowish-grey on the exterior; the hollow interior unglazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-brown.
Thrown and modelled.
The woman stands on a circular base with an upturned edge. Her hair and features are drawn in brown. She wears a dress with a full, striped skirt decorated with two flounces. Its green bodice has narrow sleeves, widening at the elbow. Round her neck and shoulders she wears a striped scarf, crossed over in front and fastened with a circular brooch. Her hat has an upturned brim; the hollow crown serves as a receptacle for the oil. On each side it has a projection with a hole on top for a wick. She holds a yellow mandolin. The back is undecorated.


History note: Palermo, where purchased on 29 April 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher (MS 2083).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.5 cm
Height: 32.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Caltagirone ⪼ Sicily ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Circa 1850 CE - 1900 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( green, yellow, and manganese-brown)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed pale yellowish-grey on the exterior; the hollow interior unglazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-brown. Thrown and modelled.
Modeling (forming)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2258-1928
Primary reference Number: 80815
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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