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Jug: C.90-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Late Medieval jug, painted in manganese and green, with pine-cones on stems, applied in relief, surrounded by contour lines and cross-hatching.

Jug. Cream earthenware, the interior, exterior of the foot, and most of the underside are lead-glazed dark yellow; the rest is tin-glazed greyish-white. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 17. Elongated ovoid body with short cylindrical neck expanding towards the rim which is pinched at the front to form a lip; solid pedestal foot; loop handle of D section.
On the front, five pine-cones on stems, applied in relief, branch upwards from a low central point. The stems are surrounded by contour lines and the background is cross-hatched in manganese. On each side of the handle, there are S hooks between two groups of three vertical lines. Below are two manganese bands; on the neck, a green chain between pairs of horizontal manganese bands; and on the handle, oblique stripes of alternate colours.


History note: Presumed excavated in Orvieto; Elia Volpi, Florence; Durlacher Brothers, London, from whom purchased in November 1920 by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926.

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


13th Century
14th Century
Circa 1275 CE - 1375 CE


This jug is shown numbered 1 on the tenth photograph in a group believed to have been taken in Orvieto c. 1909-10, given by David Whitehouse in 1986 to the BM's Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior, Foot composed of lead-glaze ( and underside)
Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Body Diameter 15.7 cm
Foot Diameter 9.8 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.90-1927
Primary reference Number: 47321
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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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