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Bowl: C.5-1910

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Tin-glazed earthenware bowl painted in blue, green, yellow and brown with concentric circles, crosses, and interlace pattern

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior. Painted in blue, green, yellow and brown. Approximately hemispherical with everted rim, standing on a narrow, solid foot.
In the middle of the interior there is a central medallion comprising crossed pairs of short brown lines with dots in the spaces over a yellow circle, surrounded by three concentric blue circles. On the side there is a band of circles formed by two interlacing green lines, over a yellow horizontal band with pairs of brown strokes over it, and brown dashes above and below the green lines. The rim is encircled by three blue bands and a yellow band.


History note: One of a group of fragments acquired in Northern Italy 1908-1910 by Richard Sneade Brown (1851-1917); his list of the fragments gives Bologna as place of acquisition

Legal notes

Given by R.S. Brown

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13.2 cm
Height: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ferrara ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy
  • Bologna ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910-05-30) by Brown, Richard Sneade


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


Ferrara or Bologna

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior, painted on the interior in blue, green, yellow and brown

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with octagonal blue border

  • Text: 59
  • Location: On exterior of side
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Italian bowl/of the 15th -16th century/(style of Bologna)/Given by R.S. Brown, Esq/May 1910
  • Location: Loose card inside bowl
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1910
Primary reference Number: 81151
Old object number: 161-1910
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 May 2017 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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