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Jug: C.31-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with a shield on each side.

Cream earthenware; the interior and lower part lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed greyish-white; base unglazed. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
Shape 7. Ovoid with flat base, cylindrical neck applied folded spout and broad strap handle.
The spout and handles are flanked by three vertical manganese lines forming three panels, each decorated with a shield with a green border charged with a fess double-embattled sable, reserved in a manganese cross-hatched ground. Below are two manganese bands, and on each side of the neck, four. The spout is striped horizontally in alternate colours and there are two green horizontal stripes at the base of the handle.


History note: Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli, Orvieto before 1914. William Ridout; probably Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware.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; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


13th Century
14th Century
Circa 1250 CE - 1350 CE


The arms might have been intended for Ranieri of Perugia or Orvieto, although the latter had a crescent above, and a star below the embattling.

This jug was probably made in Orvieto because it can be seen in a photograph in the Biblioteca comunale, Orvieto, which shows a group of medieval maiolica in the possession of Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli by 1909.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark manganese and copper-green)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Part Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Body Diameter 11.3 cm
Base Diameter 7.7 cm
Handle To Spout Width 15.4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/76' inscribed in ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 348
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.31-1991
Primary reference Number: 47374
Packing number: EURCER 453
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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