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Dish: MAR.C.56-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Probably Mancini Workshop (Workshop)


Renaissance maiolica dish decorated with blue and gold lustre with a woman playing a lute surrounded by a border of panels of scales, and stylized foliage divided by rays

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale grey with many black speckles and small holes. Painted in blue and with dull silver-yellow lustre.
Shape 61. Circular with slightly sloping rim and rim and wide deep well, standing on a footring pierced by two holes in the correct position for suspension the right way up.
In the middle, a woman playing a lute sits in a garden, with a tree and plants around her. The edge of the well has a border of paired laurel leaves. The rim is divided by radial stripes into four compartments containing alternately scales and a formal flower on a stem flanked by scrolling foliage. A band of yellow lustre encircles the outer edge.


History note: Unknown.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.5 cm
Height: 8.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Mid 16th century
Circa 1545 - 1570

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) reduced pigment lustre ( dull silver-yellow lustre)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale grey with many black speckles and small holes. Painted in blue and with dull silver-yellow lustre.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.56-1912
Primary reference Number: 48491
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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