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Maker/s

Unknown probably (maker)

Unknown possibly (maker)

Category

tin-glazed earthenware
maiolica

Name

bowl

School/Style

Renaissance

Description

Maiolica bowl with broad rim. Painted in polychrome, in the middle, with an abbot's coat-of-arms. The rim is decorated with grotesques, trophies and the date 1529.

Bowl with broad rim. Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse cream with speckles and patches of beige, and on the base, an area tinged green. Painted in bright blue, pale green, yellow, pale greenish-brown, and opaque white. Shape 58. Circular with wide uneven rim and deep narrow well. In the middle, below an abbot's mitre, there is a shield of `Tuscan' form, charged with the arms azure a fess argent impaling vert a bend azure charged with three mullets separated by F and S, in chief, clasped hands, in base, a bird in a tree within a scrolled frame flanked by ribbons. The rim has a blue ground decorated in reserve with, at the top, a winged cherub's head over a garland flanked by cornucopiae; on the left, a trophy inscribed `SPQR' and on the right, another dated `1529'; below on each side, monsters with leonine heads and curling tails which link up at the bottom to form fleshy strapwork. Ribbons and leaves are scratched through the blue ground between these motifs.

Production Place

Castel Durante (maker) (place) ()

Urbino (maker) (place) ()

The Marches (maker) (region)

Italy (maker) (country)

Technique Description

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse cream with speckles and patches of beige, and on the base, an area tinged green. Painted in bright blue, pale green, yellow, pale greenish-brown, and opaque white.

Dimensions

height: (whole): 3.5 cm
diameter: (whole): 24.5 cm

Period

16th century
Renaissance

Date

1529

Provenance

bequeathed: Clarke, Louis Colville Gray 1960 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Unknown

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Position: on the front, on the left
    Method: inscribed
    Content: SPQR
    Description: on a trophy
  2. date
    Position: on the front, on the right
    Method: inscribed
    Content: 1529
    Description: on a trophy

Documentation

  1. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 295]
    [comments: Publ. p. 295, no. 365]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.81-1961 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 76141; Input Date: 2002-06-26 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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