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Jug: C.24-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


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




Late Medieval, lead-glazed earthenware jug, painted underglaze in manganese and green with scrolling foliage.

Pale buff earthenware; the interior is lead-glazed brownish-yellow; base unglazed. Painted apparently underglaze in dark manganese and copper-green.
Bulbous body with slightly accentuated base, tall cylindrical neck flaring towards the rim which is pinched to form a spout and wide strap handle.
On the body, there is scrolling foliage reserved in a green ground between pairs of horizontal manganese bands. On the neck, curved horizontal green lines between narrow manganese lines flank the lower part of a lily under the spout. The handle is striped with three wide green strokes between manganese.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, part of lot 104 or 105; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.2 cm
Width: 14.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy
  • Viterbo ⪼ Northern Lazio ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


13th Century
Circa 1250 CE - 1300 CE


Orvieto, Umbria or Viterbo, Northern Lazio

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior composed of lead-glaze ( base unglazed)
Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Base Diameter 9.7 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue and 'O./82' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1991
Primary reference Number: 47169
Packing number: EURCER 889
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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