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Jug: C.48-1991

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Maker(s)

Probably Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Pottery)

Description

Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with a shield on the front.

Pale buff earthenware. The interior and lower part are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the base is unglazed, and the rest is tin-glazed beige. Painted in dark manganese and green.
Shape 11. Globular body with disk base, tall cylindrical neck, carinated rim, pinched spout and loop handle of D-section.
The front is decorated with a shield with a green edge charged with a fess cotised sable.

Notes

History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 104; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

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

Note

The restricted colour range, and the difficulty of knowing whether a fess or a fess cotised was intended, prevents a secure identification of the arms. A jug with a similar shield was excavated from butto B of the Palazzetto Faina in Orvieto.

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, Lower Part: composed of lead-glaze Exterior: composed of tin-glaze Body: Diameter 10.6 cm
Base: Diameter 8.0 cm
Handle To Spout: Width 13.0 cm

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/40' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Label

Inscription present: brown tie-on

  • Text: 104/20
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.48-1991
Primary reference Number: 47461
Packing number: EURCER 904
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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