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Jug: C.36-1991

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Probably Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Pottery)


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

Buff earthenware; the interior, lower part and base are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed pale grey. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 8. Globular body with disk base, short cylindrical neck, pelican beak spout and wide strap handle.
The spout and handle are flanked by three vertical lines forming side panels, each containing two diagonal lines with, above and below them, a leaf with a green outline and cross-hatched centre. On the spout and front there are horizontal lines of alternate colours. The lower part is encircled by two horizontal manganese bands, and the neck by two manganese, a green chain and another manganese. The handle has six horizontal stripes of alternate colours.


History note: Probably Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano 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, p. 5, part of lot 29. William Ridout; probably Christie's, 13 December 1938, 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: 14.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - 1400 CE


The '29' on the base is, probably, the jug's lot number in the Marcioni-Lucatelli sale catalogue (this lot was sold to Visconti), but the description is insufficiently detailed to identify it with certainty. If it was, this is probably indicates that it was made, and found in Orvieto or its vicinity.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green) Interior, Base composed of lead-glaze Part Exterior composed of tin-glaze Body Diameter 13.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.9 cm
Handle To Spout Width 17.3 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O./50' inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 29
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.36-1991
Primary reference Number: 47418
Packing number: EURCER 462
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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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