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Jug: C.23-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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


Late Medieval, lead-glazed earthenware jug, painted underglaze in black and green, decorated with palmettes and strokes.

Pale red earthenware, the interior and upper part lead-glaze yellowish-buff; base unglazed. Painted underglaze in black and copper-green. Approximately Shape 4. Biconical body with restriction at widest point, tall cylindrical neck pinched at the front to form a spout (restored), and wide strap handle.
The shoulder is decorated with two palmettes and the remains of a third, reserved in a green ground with two horizontal black bands above and below. On the neck is an interlace border reserved in a green ground between pairs of black bands; on the handle, four black-edged green horizontal strokes. Two dribbles of green have run down the lower part at the front.


History note: Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli, Orvieto before 1914; probably sold Sotheby's, 16-17 February, 1914 but lot number not identified. Purchased as excavated at Orvieto, from Kerin, London, on 9 December 1933 by 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: 27.2 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 jug appears to have a restriction round its body, but this may only be because there is an area of restoration between the upper and lower halves. Analogous neck borders occur on a jug formerly in a private collection at Orvieto, and another at Banaia.

This form was made in Umbria and Northern Lazio. Earthenware with painting in manganese-brown and copper-green under lead-glaze preceded tin-glazed earthenware in these areas and continued for some time after its introduction.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( black and copper-green) Base Diameter 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

except base Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1991
Primary reference Number: 47164
Packing number: EURCER 907
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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