Basin for a Ewer by The Vulcan Painter

This magnificent dish was made at Caffaggiolo (Medici workshop near Florence).


Polychromed tin-glazed earthenware (mailoica)
5.5 x 46.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £2,000)
Acquired in:
Coll Mrs Leopold de Rothschild

The central medallion depicts a landscape in which a fox attempts to capture a shield from the possession of a bear, above which we can read 'E COSI VA CHE TROPO VOLLE', meaning this is what happens to him who wants too much. A depiction of what appears to be the Battle between the Lapiths and Centaurs surrounds the centre. The rim is decorated with grotesques and eight oval medallions showing allegoric scenes from the Bible and Roman history.

Artists include


Possibly a gift to Felice della Rovere, the wife of Gian G Orsini; collection of Mrs Leopold de Rothschild.

Venue details

Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900

Entry details

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