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The Goddess Latona and the Lycians: C.210-1991

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The Goddess Latona and the Lycians


Workshop: Guido di Merlino (Probably)
Workshop: Unknown (Possibly)




Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with The Goddess Latona and the Lycians.

Dish. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse off-white and tinged with green on the left side. Painted in blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, black, and white.
Shape 79 with deeper sides. Circular with shallow curved sides, standing on a low foot.
The Goddess Latona and the Lycians. The goddess reclines on a rock beside a tree, accompanied by her two children, Apollo and Diana. To the right three Lycians stand up to their waists in water, and a fourth dives down to the bottom, his legs raised above the surface. On the right there are two trees, and in the distance, a lake and buildings on islands. A bird flies from left to right across the sky. The rim is yellow. The back is inscribed in the middle in dark blue: `la dea tona/1542' (the goddess (La)tona). Single yellow bands encircle the foot and outer edge.


History note: W.M. de Zoete; Sotheby's, 2 April 1935, Catalogue of the valuable collections of bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, etc., the property of W.M. de Zoete, Esq. (deceased) of Layer Breton, Colchester and Blenheim House, North Berwick, lot 247; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.2 cm
Height: 6.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Production date: AD 1542 : dated


Made either in the workshop of Guido di Merlino in Urbino, or in Pesaro

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, black, and white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse off-white and tinged with green on the left side. Painted in blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'la dea tona' over '1542'
  • Location: In middle of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: brown paper square

  • Text: 13
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.210-1991
Primary reference Number: 73114
Packing number: EURCER 351
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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