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Basin: C.84-1961

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Object information

Maiolica basin for a ewer, painted in blue and brassy-yellow lustre, with a bust of a woman in profile surrounded by panels of scales and foliage divided by rays and buds, and a rod entwined by ribbon

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and with brassy-yellow lustre.
Shape 71. Circular with slightly sloping, narrow rim; wide, shallow well with a space for the ewer in the centre, surrounded by a circular rib and further out by two less pronounced mouldings.
In the middle, a woman, half-length in profile to left, faces a plant with three flowers, enclosed by a circular rib and a broad lustre band decorated with blue interlace. The sides are divided into six panels by radial lines flanking stems with four buds; three panels are decorated with scale pattern and three with a formal plant. A rod entwined by ribbon encircles the rim. On the back are concentric lustre bands: one close to the centre, two close together, one alone and two more close together. The lustre has run down on one side of the dish.

Dr Alfred Pringsheim (1850-1941); Sotheby's, 7 June 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, the first portion; 19-20 July 1939, the second and final portion., lot 24; Louis C.G. Clarke.

Named entities

  • Basin
  • Dish
  • Shallow basin for a ewer
  • Dish for a ewer

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1960



Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Measurements and weight

  • Diameter: 32.3 cm
  • Height: 4.5 cm

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Components of the work

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, and tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and with brassy-yellow lustre.
  • Tin-glazing

Associated department: Applied Arts

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  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021
  • Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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