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A Triumph over the Sons of Pompey: C.221-1991

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Titles

A Triumph over the Sons of Pompey

Maker(s)

Unidentified Urbino potter (Maker)

Description

Renaissance maiolica shallow bowl, painted in polychrome with A Triumph over the Sons of Pompey.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall, the reverse pale beige. There is a fault in the glaze on the reverse. Painted in blue, green, a little turquoise-green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.
Circular with lightly scalloped rim and deep curved sides, convex in the middle; the sides are moulded with gadroons radiating from the foot, which has been broken off leaving a short stump.
A Triumph over the Sons of Pompey. On the left, a winged Victory holds a laurel wreath over Caesar's head while he stands in a chariot drawn by two horses. Three soldiers walk beside the chariot and a captive with his hands tied behind his back walks in front. Behind him there is a trumpeter and a group of soldiers with standards. The rim is yellow. The middle of the back is inscribed in black, `vinti li figli/di ponpeo' (The sons of Pompey vanquished), and there are three yellow bands round the edge.

Notes

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

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.6 cm
Height: 4.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

Late 16th Century
Renaissance
Circa 1575 CE - 1585 CE

Note

The sons of Pompey, Gnaeus Pompeius (b. 79 BC) and his brother, Magnus Pius Pompeius, conquered much of southern Spain but were defeated in 45 BC at Munda. Gnaeus Pompeius was captured and later executed. The design on the dish was probably derived from a drawing now in the Uffizi, Florence (11881F) which is attributed to Federico Zuccaro (1540/1-1609). The treatment of the subject indicates that the dish was painted later than MAR.C.64-1912, a larger dish decorated with the same subject with more figures and background, and possibly as late as 1585, the date on a dish in the Museo Civico, Pesaro which is closely related to another drawing of this subject, also in the Uffizi (12264F, Santarelli collection). See the entry for MAR.C.64-1912 for further dishes decorated with related Triumph subjects derived from drawings by Federico Zuccaro.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, a little turquoise-green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall, the reverse pale beige. There is a fault in the glaze on the reverse. Painted in blue, green, a little turquoise-green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.
Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: vinti li figli/di pompeo
  • Location: Back, middle
  • Method of creation: In black
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.221-1991
Primary reference Number: 73237
Packing number: EURCER 327
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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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