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Maiolica two-handled vase: EC.21-1939

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 2, shelf A

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Maiolica two-handled vase

Maker(s)

Potter: Unknown

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Description

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior. Painted in dark blue, orange, and a little pale green.
The vase stands on a circular spreading foot, rising into a short stem with an annulet in the middle. Just beyond the junction of the stem and body is a circular rib. The lower part of the vase is hemispherical, and it then rises vertically to the shoulder. The neck expands towards the carinated rim, and has on each side a handle which scrolls inwards at the top and outwards at the bottom.
On each side of the neck is a garland of leaves and berries, one enclosing a bust of a youth, the other a bust of a girl, both in profile to right and flanked by formal plants on a dotted background. Below the shoulder are horizontal bands of formal leaves and geometrical ornament. The top of the foot is encircled by a garland of leaves and berries on a dotted ground, and the edge by a border of lozenges. The handles are decorated with lozenges and horizontal stripes.

Notes

History note: Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 7 June 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich (1850-1941), lot 22.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1939-06-07) by Sotheby's

Dating

15th Century, Late
16th Century, Early#
Renaissance
Circa 1490 CE - 1520 CE

Note

This charming vase was attributed to Siena by Falke and Chompret, and was reattri¬buted to Deruta by Bernard Rackham (1876-1964), Keeper of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Two-handled vases were being made in Deruta by at least 1491 when one labelled `DERVTA' was depicted in an illumi¬nated letter at the begin¬ning of the Deruta catasto (tax record).

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, orange, and a little pale green)
Foot Diameter 10.3 cm
Rim Diameter 11 cm
Across Handles Width 21 cm
Body

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze
Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.21-1939
Primary reference Number: 78823
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 26 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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