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Unknown (potter)


tin-glazed earthenware
maiolica (sub-category)






Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall; the reverse tinged with dark pink in several places. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and opaque white. Shape 50. Circular with a slight depression in the middle. The plate has warped during firing. The central medallion contains a beribboned shield charged with the arms argent, a fess gules (shown orange) between three crescents vert, two and one, a chief of Anjou, surrounded by blue concentric circles and radiating petals in bianco sopra bianco. Round the rim is a blue border comprising four concentric circles of different widths, a band of lozenges with dots in the spaces, and narrow and wide concentric circles. On the back, interlacing blue petal outlines radiate from the base.

Production Place

Deruta (potter) (place)

Umbria (potter) (region)

Italy (potter) (country)

Technique Description

Buff earthenware. The front tin-glazed; the reverse lead-glazed greenish-beige; the area inside the footring unglazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, darker yellow, and manganese-brown.


height: (whole): 2.8 cm
diameter: (whole): 22.3 cm


16th century


circa 1520 to 1550


bequeathed: Harris, F. Leverton 1926 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)


F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926


  1. label
    Position: on back
    Method: inscribed in black ink
    Content: Leverton Harris/Bequest/1926
    Description: circular
  2. label
    Position: on back
    Method: inscribed in black ink
    Content: C.57/1927/(M.14)
    Description: circular
    Interpretation: Museum label


  1. Borenius, Tancred (1931) The Leverton Harris Collection, London: Privately printed
    [comments: Publ. pl. XV]
  2. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: pp. 190-1]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 190-1, no. 266]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.57-1927 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 48648; Input Date: 2002-06-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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