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Fragment: C.86-1904

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Probably Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Production)


Fragment of a bowl. Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in pale blue, green and yellow. Part of the broad disk base, and sides which slope outwards, and then inwards slightly towards the rim. In the centre is a blue asterisk surrounded by spots; on the sides, three blue circles, a row of crosses, two blue circles, a green circle, and an orange circle. The glaze on the reverse is uneven and may be over slip.


History note: Probably found near the Duomo in Orvieto, where purchased by the donor.

Legal notes

Given by R.C. Bosanquet

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.8 cm
Width: 7.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 15th century
Early 16th Century
Circa 1480 CE - 1520 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed on both sides; base unglazed. Pale blue, green and yellow.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with blue border

  • Text: H 7
  • Location: On exterior of side
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.86-1904
Primary reference Number: 81110
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 March 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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