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Bowl: C.44-1931

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 4, shelf B


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica bowl with a broad rim, painted in blue, green, yellow and orange, with the arms of Ridolfi and a chief of the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John, superimposed on a landscape.

Earthenware tin-glazed creamy-white overall, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange. Circular with a wide almost flat rim, and a deep curved well. In the middle, superimposed on a landscape is a beribboned shield, charged with the arms of Ridolfi with a chief of the Knights Hospitallers of St John, azure, a mount of six summits coupeaux or debruuised by a bend gules (shown orange), on a chief gules (shown orange), a cross argent. On the rim, between foliated scroll borders, there is a circle of alternating figure-of-eights and rectangular panels formed by strapwork.


History note: T.J. Gaisford-St Lawrence; Sotheby's, 25 June 1931,Catalogue of very important faience and Italian majolica comprising .... valuable Turkish faience and Italian majolica, and an important Hispano-Moresque gold lustre dish, the property of T.J. Gaisford-St Lawrence, Esq., Howth Castle, Co. Dublin, lot 46.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.5 cm
Height: 4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Castel Durante ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931-10-18) by Sotheby's


Early 16th Century
Circa 1515 CE - 1525 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white overall, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange.

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1931
Primary reference Number: 81207
Glaisher additions number: C.35-1931
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

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

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