Unknown, pottery, possibly, Umbria, Orvieto, possibly
Unknown, pottery, possibly, Tuscany, possibly
maiolica arcaica; category
circa 1275 1375
13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval
Maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in manganese and green with, on the inside, a peacock.
Reddish-buff earthenware, the interior and handles tin-glazed greyish-white, the exterior lead-glazed pale brownish-yellow, which has run over onto the base. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
Shape 34. Circular with deep sides, curving outwards from the base and then upwards almost vertically to the flat projecting rim; two small broad strap handles on opposing sides.
Inside, a peacock faces in profile to right with its tail folded, and its body and wings decorated with rosettes, one of which forms its eye. On the right there is a stylised plant with a lobed leaf and two flowers, similar to the motifs on the bird. Above its head, a tendril sprouts from the edge of the border, and by its beak there is a circular stylised flower. The sides are decorated with a row of green reversed Ss, with two black horizontal bands below and one above, and the rim with alternating groups of manganese and green radiating stripes.
tin-glazing; interior, handles
tin-glaze; interior, handles
high-temperature colours; decoration; dark manganese and copper-green
reddish-buff earthenware; the interior and handles tin-glazed greyish-white, the exterior lead-glazed pale brownish-yellow, which has run over onto the base; painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
height, whole, 11.5, cm
diameter, foot, 16.8, cm
diameter, rim, 30.4, cm
width, whole, 35.8, cm
bequeathed; 1927; Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.
Elia Volpi, Florence; Durlacher Brothers, London, from whom purchased in November 1920 by F. Leverton Harris.
Volpi, Elia; previous owner
Harris, Frederick Leverton; previous owner
F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926.
Italian Maiolica in the Fitzwilliam Museum. 1995-10-03 - 1996-01-07
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Notes: Case 2, top, no. 19
Catalogue number: no catalogue
Borenius, Tancred. 1931. The Leverton Harris Collection.London: Privately printed
Publ. pl. XIV, lower shelf at back to right of centre
Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 71-72
Publ. pp. 71-72, no. 119
Rackham, Bernard. 1935. Guide to the European Pottery and Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum
Publ. pl. 12, lower shelf
Bellini, Mario. Conti, Giovanni. 1964. Maioliche italiane del Rinascimento.Milan: p. p. 48
Cf. The stylized flowerheads on the plants and peacock's body resemble those on a large dish decorated with a queen which was found at Orvieto, p. 48, C.
Satolli, Alberto. 1990. Orvieto, il Palazzo del Popolo e i suoi restauri.Orvieto: Bollettino dell'Instituto Storico Artistico Orvietanap. pp. 153, 158-9
Cf. The stylized flowerheads on the plants and peacock's body resemble those on fragments from a 'butto' of the Palazzo del Popolo, p. 153, fig. 189, pp. 158-9, fig. 211.
Object Number: C.82-1927
(record id: 47273; input: 2002-05-03; modified: 2012-10-10)