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Fragment: C.22-1904

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Deruta pottery (Probably)
Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Possibly)




Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and with slightly lustrous yellow.
Section of a bowl with a deep well and broad rim, of approximately shape 60.
Part of a central medallion containing leaves and semi-circular motifs, surrounded by three bands and a zone of scales with a band above. On the rim, pointed yellow rays with blue shaded edges alternate with buds on stems, bordered by a yellow band between two blue, and a yellow band. On the back there are two spaced yellow concentric circles.


History note: According to a label accompanying a group of fragments including this one given by R.C. Bosanquet they were 'Mostly bought at Orvieto; some pieces (marked P at back) from Perugia. The Orvieto pieces, with a few exceptions were found in excavating foundations for houses near the Cathedral.' Robert Carr Bosanquet (1871-1935), the Director of the British School of Athens, passed through Orvieto with his wife, Ellen Sophia (née Hodgkin) in July 1904, signing the visitors book in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo on 26th, and then went on to Perugia, where he purchased some small Etruscan bronzes which he gave to the Fitzwilliam at the same time.

Legal notes

Given by Professor R.C. Bosanquet

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.8 cm
Height: 3.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy
  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Bosanquet, R. C.


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1530 CE


Dishes decorated in lustre and blue with borders of pointed rays are usually attributed to Deruta, but the finding of fragmentary dishes decorated with this border at a kiln site in via della Cava, Orvieto, might indicate that some lustreware found in Orvieto was made there rather than having been imported from Deruta. A feature of this fragment and those found in via della Cava which may be significant is the thick blue shading on one side of the rays, which is not found on all examples of this border.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) reduced pigment lustre ( lustrous yellow)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and with slightly lustrous yellow.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22-1904
Primary reference Number: 80896
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 18 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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