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The Virgin and Child enthroned: C.2201-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Virgin and Child enthroned


Maker: Unidentified Deruta potter




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome.

Dark buff earthenware, moulded and modelled in the round; tin-glazed on the exterior and on the hollow interior. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple.
The Virgin sits on a semi-circular throne with a winged cherub's head on each side at the front. She wears a long-sleeved yellow and orange striped gown and a blue cloak scattered with yellow stars. The infant Christ holding an orb sits on her right knee, and she supports a book on her left knee. The green base is decorated along the shaped front edge with three winged cherub's heads in relief. The top is inscribed in manganese `CF/PC/1676 16../S M'. The back of the throne is inscribed in blue `A.D.22D./MARZO/ 1676/.CDF./ P '.


History note: Tregaskis, Oxford Street, London, from whom purchased about 1897 for £8 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 38.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century#
Production date: dated AD 1676-03-22 : dated 22 March 1676

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Base Depth 24 cm Width 18.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Dark buff earthenware, moulded and modelled in the round; tin-glazed on the exterior and on the hollow interior. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CF/PC/1676 16../S M
  • Location: Top
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in manganese
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: A.D.22D./MARZO/ 1676/.CDF./ P
  • Location: On the back of the throne
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2201-1928
Primary reference Number: 79072
Old object number: 1249
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 October 2022 Last processed: Thursday 29 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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