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Plate: C.222-1991

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Unidentified Urbino potter (Probably)
Printmaker: Floris, Cornelis II (After)




Renaissance maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with a river or water god sitting over two dolphins, tritons, grotesques, and Neptune driving a chariot

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse, pale beige and speckled. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and black. Shape 51. Circular with sloping sides and shallow central depression.
A river or water god sits over two dolphins. He holds a cornucopia and a jar of water, and has a headdress of bulrushes and perches for birds and animals. Above are two tritons holding entwined serpents, at the sides, grotesque terms, and below, mythical sea creatures. On the waves to right there is a chariot driven by Neptune holding a trident and, on the left, another occupied by a woman blowing a shell horn. The rim has a yellow and orange `rope' edging. The back is encircled by yellow bands: one inside and outside the foot, one a short way beyond it, and two by the outer edge.


History note: Comm. Giuseppe Cavalieri; Milan, Palazzo Cova, 25-30 May 1914, Catalogue de la collection de M. le Comm. Gius. Cavalieri, Ferrare. Objets d'art et de haute curiosité tableaux et dessins de maîtres anciens, lot 92 & pl. 4; Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 20 July 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, lot 377 (1); 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: 26.1 cm
Height: 3.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Antwerp ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
Circa 1570 CE - 1600 CE


This unusual design reproduces, with the omission of minor details, a print by Cornelis Floris (1514-75) of Antwerp, from Veelderley niewe inuentien, Book II (H. Cock), 1557.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse, pale beige and speckled. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and elack.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval with gold edge

  • Text: 39
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.222-1991
Primary reference Number: 80613
Packing number: EURCER 374
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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