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Jug: C.33-1991

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Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Pottery)


Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with leaves, stripes, Vs and lines.

Yellowish-buff earthenware with remnants of light brown lead-glaze on the interior, lower part and base; the rest thinly tin-glazed pale beige. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 7. 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 forming side panels, each containing a leaf with a hatched centre. Below are two manganese horizontal bands, and on the neck, three. On the spout there are three horizontal stripes of alternate colours, and under it, three Vs.


History note: Signor Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni (1859-1928)or Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli, Orvieto; 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, p. 7, part of lot 45. William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, part of lot 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: 15.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th/14th Century
Circa 1250 CE - 1350 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 in Orvieto. It probably appeared during the first phase of production (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

Interior, Base composed of lead-glaze ( and part exterior) Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green) Exterior composed of tin-glaze Body Diameter 11.1 cm
Base Diameter 6.8 cm
Handle To Spout Width 14.5 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/61' in ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: brown tie-on

  • Text: 105/18
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 45/
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33-1991
Primary reference Number: 47398
Packing number: EURCER 898
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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