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Jug: C.17-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


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




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

Pale buff earthenware; the interior, base and a short distance above it unglazed; the rest thinly covered with yellowish lead-glazed. Painted underglaze in dark manganese and copper-green.
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 lines forming side panels, each occupied by two black-edged green lines undulating on both sides, with above and below, one undulating on one side. The lower part of the body and the neck are encircled by two horizontal manganese bands. On both sides of the spout and below it there are horizontal lines of alternate colours, and on the handle, two groups of three manganese horizontal lines alternate with three wider green.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware. probably part of lot 105; H.S. Reitlinger (d. 1950), The Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead from whom transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) 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 has no heraldic significance. A variant of it occurs on C.16-1991. It was probably made in Orvieto as a jug decorated similarly but with spots instead of continuous colour between the undulating lines was recovered from cistern C of the Palazzetto Faina, Orvieto. However, comparable jugs were made in Northern Lazio. Vessels with undulating decoration have been found in Viterbo, and Rome.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Body Diameter 15 cm
Base Diameter 7.8 cm
Handle To Spout Width 16 cm

Materials used in production

except the base and a short distance above it Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION [printed in blue] O./87 [in blue-black ink]
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: in a circle

  • Text: 7
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1991
Primary reference Number: 47130
Packing number: EURCER 470
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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