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Jug: C.51-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with cross-hatching, leaves, lines, S hooks and chevrons.

Pale buff earthenware. The interior, lower part and base are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest is tin-glazed pale beige. Painted in manganese and green. Shape 12. S mall globular body with disk base and restriction round the middle, tall cylindrical neck with carinated rim, pinched lip and loop handle with a longtitudinal ridge.
On the restriction there is a row of manganese S hooks with two horizontal bands below; on the shoulder, four panels separated by vertical lines, each containing a manganese and green chevron with a cross-hatched ground. The neck is decorated with a row of cross-hatched lozenges with a green stroke between each, with two manganese bands above and below. Higher up is a stem of paired leaves with three horizontal manganese bands above, and a green band on the rim. On each side of the handle, in manganese, there are wavy lines and spirals between two sets of three vertical lines. The handle has four green horizontal stripes alternating with three groups of three manganese.


History note: Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando 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 79A (1). 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: 23.8 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 - 1375 CE


It seems very likely that this jug was excavated in Orvieto because it can be seen in a photograph of 1909 showing medieval maiolica in the possession of Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli in Orvieto.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

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Components of the work

Interior, Lower Part composed of lead-glaze ( and base)
Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Foot Diameter 9.3 cm
Handle To Spout Width 15.3 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 79A/2
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51-1991
Primary reference Number: 47486
Packing number: EURCER 896
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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