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Tureen: C.2236-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Perhaps)




Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall. The glaze on the interior is speckled with grey. Painted in greyish-blue and gold.
Oval, standing on a footring. The deep lobed sides have fourteen scallops round the rim, and at each end there is the stump of an upward-curving handle.
The exterior is decorated with vertical panels outlined in blue and gold. At centre front there is a shield charged with the arms of Acquaviva d'Aragona Quarterly: 1,4, counter-quartered in pale, Aragon, Hungary, Anjou-Sicily and Jerusalem; 2,3, a lion rampant, impaling Salviati three bends double embattled sinister, encircled by the collar of the Order of St Januarius and surmounted by a ribbon bearing the motto `MARAAM' and a crown. The three panels to the left contain a king carrying two small vessels on a stand, a floral spray, and a man in classical dress with a basket of grapes on his head. The two panels on the right contain an actor in eighteenth-century costume holding his hat in his right hand, and a floral spray. Under the handle on the right there is a butterfly and under the other a winged insect. On the other side, the first, third, and fifth panels each contain a floral spray; the others contain a boy holding a basket of fruit above his head, an actor drawing his sword, and a woman standing with a basket of fruit on her head. Round the base there is a border of reserved half-flowers with gilt centres. The footring is blue with gilt lines, and the handles are blue with gilt loops or scales.


History note: Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in February 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher * £5.10.0 `It was described as Venetian, but I saw no similar pieces in the Museum at Venice'. (MS Cat. 1135).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm
Length: 28.3 cm
Width: 19.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th century
Circa 1747 - 1755

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( greyish-blue and gold)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white overall. The glaze on the interior is speckled with grey. Painted in greyish-blue and gold.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MARAAM
  • Location: On front, on ribbon

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2236-1928
Primary reference Number: 73277
Old object number: 1135
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 10 February 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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