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Bowl: C.172-1991

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Renaissance maiolica broad-rimmed bowl, painted in blue with stylised foliage, strokes, dentilated half-leaves, spots, festoons, and tassels.

Broad-rimmed bowl. Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in blue.
Shape 60. Thickly potted and heavy for its size. Circular with wide, slightly sloping rim and deep well, the base slightly concave.
In the well is a disk with a reserved white spot in the centre, surrounded by stylised foliage and two concentric circles; on the sides, twelve leaves with two concentric bands above. The inner edge of the rim is decorated with groups of three curved strokes, and the outer edge with a border of dentilated half-leaves, spots, festoons, and tassels. Two concentric bands encircle the edge. On the back, there is a central crossed circle with a small circle in one quarter; on the side of the well, six horizontal squiggles; and on the rim, four radiating squiggles alternating with four crossed double circles.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.0 cm
Height: 4.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1525 1525 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in blue.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 388/C
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.172-1991
Primary reference Number: 72527
Packing number: EURCER 358
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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