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Fragment, bowl

Fragment, bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Legnago (Veneto) (made)

  • Date:

    1480 to 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red earthenware covered with white slip and with decoration incised through the slip

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Maria Fiorini

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 14, shelf 2

This fragment of a bowl is known as a 'kiln waster'. The bowl was made, then covered with a white slip, decoration was incised through this slip and it was fired in a kiln. This is known as the biscuit firing. It was at this stage that the bowl was damaged and then discarded.

Images of hares or rabbits on a grassy field are common in Italian Renaissance ceramics. This bowl was given to the Victoria & Albert Museum by its founder, Maria Fiorini. The large number of kiln wasters discovered at Legnago suggests the presence of several ceramic workshops in the area in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The dotted background on this fragment was executed with a rouletted wheel. The main image was incised first and then the background was dotted. The decorator of this object accidentally scored over part of the hare's back with his wheel.

Physical description

Fragmentary bowl of red earthenware covered with white slip and with decoration incised through the slip. Decoration of a hare sat on a patch of grass with wild flowers. The background is dotted and there are two rosettes.

Place of Origin

Legnago (Veneto) (made)


1480 to 1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Red earthenware covered with white slip and with decoration incised through the slip


Weight: 0.190 kg, Diameter: 12.4 cm, Height: 6.3 cm

Object history note

Part of a collection of sgraffito ware fragments, including kiln wasters, dug up at Legnago, near Verona.
Given by Signorina M. Fioroni

Descriptive line

Fragment of a bowl in red earthenware covered with white slip. Incised through the slip is a hare reclining on grass with flowers, the background dotted and with two rosettes. Italian, Legnago (Veneto), 1480-1500.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

G. Morazzoni, Maioliche e armi antiche di Legnago, Milan, 1950
Maria Fioroni, Ceramiche de Legnago, Faenza, 1962

Labels and date

5-14 Biscuit-fired fragments (kiln wasters), with modern tools
Italy, (5-7) probably Bologna, 1510-20; (8-9) Legnago (Veneto), 1480-1500

The lighter lines on no. 5 were executed with a fine stylus similar to no. 10, while the bold lines on no. 6 used a thicker stylus like no. 11. The potter decorated no. 7 using tools with rounded and angled wire loops like nos. 12-13. The dotted backgrounds on nos. 8-9 were created with a rouletting wheel similar to no. 14.

Museum nos. C.65, 77, 69-1920, given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh; C.12B&C-1952, given by M. Fioroni; tools purchased for this display [(TAB) 2009]

Subjects depicted

Hare; Rosette




Ceramics Collection

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