Skip to main content

Jug: C.19-1910

An image of Jug

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Medieval, tin-glazed earthenware jug painted in green and brown with panels, leaves and stripes.

Cream earthenware; remnants of yellowish-brown lead glaze on lower part and interior; the rest tin-glazed pale beige. Painted in green and manganese-brown. Shape 7. Ovoid with flat base; cylindrical neck; broad strap handle with a longtitudinal depression down the middle; spout formed from a strip of clay, folded and pressed to the neck and shoulder.
The spout and handle are flanked by three vertical manganese lines forming side panels, each containing a dab of green with a manganese V under it, probably representing a leaf. The lower part and the neck are encircled by two manganese bands. Both sides of the spout, the area below it, and the back of the handle are horizontally striped in alternate colours.


History note: Purportedly from a well (pozzo) at Orvieto. Purchased in Orvieto in 1908 by Richard Sneade Brown (1851-1917), Heathcote, Worthing

Legal notes

Given by R.S. Brown

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910-05-30) by Brown, Richard Sneade


13th Century
Circa 1250 CE - 1300 CE


This form, which has an ovoid body, a fairly narrow neck with an applied folded spout and a strap handle, was one of the earliest and most common made in maiolica. It probably appeared during the first phase of maiolica production in Orvieo (c. 1225-50) alongside similar jugs decorated under lead glaze and was common during the Developed Phase (c. 1250-1350).

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( copper-green and manganese-brown) lead-glaze tin-glaze
Base Diameter 5.5 cm
Handle To Spout Width 11.4 cm
Body Width 8.8 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with blue printed border

  • Text: cf. jug in V. & A./Mus. Marked/Faenze 14th cent. Green & Mang./anese.....le
  • Location: Under the handle
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: similar to other label

  • Text: from a well. bt./@ Orvieto 1908/ cf. jug in BM/marked 14th century
  • Location: Loose inside
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19-1910
Primary reference Number: 47229
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 29 September 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Jug" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-11-30 02:46:34

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Jug |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-11-30 02:46:34|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Jug</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

Miniature jug

Accession Number: E.36.1903


Accession Number: E.P.287


Accession Number: E.9.1909


Accession Number: Loan Ant.103.97

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...