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Jug: C.49-1991

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Current Location: In storage

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Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery

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Description

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

Yellowish-buff earthenware. The interior of the neck and the lower part are partly lead-glazed brownish-yellow; the rest is tin-glazed pale grey. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
Shape 11. Bulbous body with disk base, cylindrical neck, carinated rim, pinched spout and strap handle of D-section.
The front is decorated with a manganese cross potent inside a green circle.

Notes

History note: 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, lot 79 (1). 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: 14.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

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

Note

The cross potent, taken from the arms of Jerusalem, was associated with the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, who had many houses in central Italy. Luciano Ricetti, however, noted that the cross resembled the mark of Pietro di Meo di Ventura, camerario of the Opera del Duomo in Orvieto between 1464-1465. This jug could have been made for an earlier member of the family.

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
Base Diameter 6.7 cm
Body Diameter 9.0 cm
Handle To Spout Width 12.0 cm

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/45.' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: brown tie-on

  • Text: 105/18
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 79/4
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.49-1991
Primary reference Number: 47462
Packing number: EURCER 891
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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