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Jug: C.56-1991

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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 black and green with a monster on the front.

Pale yellowish-buff earthenware. The interior, lower part and most of the base are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest is tin-glazed greyish-beige. Painted in black and copper-green.
Lower part approximately Shape 11. Bulbous body with disk base and tall cylindrical neck, pinched spout and strap handle with longtitudinal ridge; the handle, spout and rim are restored.
The front is decorated with a monster with the head of a man wearing a cap, the body of a bird, a curly tail and lion's feet.

Notes

History note: Signor Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni (1859-1928) or 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 30 (2). 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

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 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

Harpies and other mythical creatures with human heads about in gothic sculptural ornament, illuminated manuscripts and applied art. They occur frequently on late medieval pottery from Orvieto and elsewhere in central Italy.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior, Lower Part composed of lead-glaze ( and most of the base)
Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( black and copper-green)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Body Diameter 13.3 cm
Base Diameter 9.6 cm

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 30/
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.56-1991
Primary reference Number: 47527
Packing number: EURCER 471
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

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

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