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Jug: C.16-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Unidentified Northern Lazio pottery (Possibly)




Late Medieval, lead-glazed earthenware jug, painted in manganese and green with undulating black-edged green lines.

Pale buff earthenware, the base and short distance above it unglazed, the rest thinly covered with yellowish lead-glaze. Painted underglaze in dark manganese, and copper-green which has run. Shape 2. Swelling ovoid body with flat base, cylindrical neck, applied folded spout and strap handle. The spout and handle are flanked by two vertical manganese lines forming side panels, each occupied by two wide black-edged green lines undulating on both sides, and one undulating on one side. The lower part of the body and the neck are encircled by two manganese bands. On both sides of the spout, and below it on the front, there are horizontal lines of alternate colours, and on the handle, four groups of three manganese horizontal lines alternate with four wider green.


History note: Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto; Sotheby's, 16 February 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, probably part of lot 64. William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 105; H.S. Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1300 CE


The decoration resembles the heraldic field described as barry nebuly or ondy, but probably had no heraldic significance.A variant of it appears on C.17-1991.

The earlier ownership of this jug probably indicates that it was made in Orvieto, but the decoration also occurs on vessels from Rome, and Viterbo in Northern Lazio. A jug similarly decorated but with spots instead of continuous colour between the lines, was recovered from cistern C of the Palazzetto Faiena in Orvieto.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark manganese and copper-green)
Body Diameter 14.4 cm
Base Diameter 9 cm
Handle To Spout Width 17.1 cm

Materials used in production

except the base and short distance above it Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border, printed in blue `WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' and inscribed in blue-black ink `O./88.'

  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: brown tie-on

  • Text: 105/18
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 64
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Pencilled

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-1991
Primary reference Number: 47125
Packing number: EURCER 951
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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