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Jug: C.32-1991

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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.

Pale buff earthenware; the lower part and interior lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed greyish-white. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 7. Bulbous ovoid with flat base, short cylindrical neck, applied folded spout and broad strap handle.
The spout and handle are flanked by three vertical manganese lines and a green line forming side panels, each containing a shield charged with the arms checky argent and sable (?) and below to the right and left, two green simplified fleurs-de-lis. On the neck, there are four manganese horizontal lines and one green; on the spout and handle, horizontal stripes of alternate colours, and under the spout, alternating wavy lines.


History note: Signor Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni or Cavaliere CapitanoFerdinando Lucatelli; Sotheby's, 16-17 February 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, lot 58 & pl. II. Purchased 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: 30.8 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 1275 CE - 1350 CE


Provided that manganese was intended for sable (black) rather than gules (red), the arms correspond roughly to those of Giovanni Guido Pepoli of Bologna, capitano del popolo of Orvieto in 1276, but the quality of the glaze suggests that it was made at a later date. A jug of different form but decorated with similar arms is in the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

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Components of the work

Interior composed of lead-glaze ( and lower part of exterior)
Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 10.2 cm
Body Diameter 20.2 cm
Handle To Spout Width 21.4 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32-1991
Primary reference Number: 47383
Packing number: EURCER 347
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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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