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Ewer: C.60-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Late Medieval maiolica ewer, painted in manganese and green with two shields on the front.

Earthenware, thrown. The interior and foot are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest of the original fabric is tin-glazed off-white. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape approximately 14. Globular body on a pedestal foot, the neck, spout and upper part of the handle restored; the lower part of the handle has a longtitudinal ridge and runs down the body before terminating.
The front is decorated with two shields separated by cross-hatching and foliage, two pieces of which are held by hands. Below are small panels containing alternately cross-hatching and a leaf reserved in cross-hatching; above, panels containing alternately cross-hatching and a rosette reserved in cross-hatching. On each side of the handle, there are horizontal S hooks between two sets of three vertical lines, and, round the lower part, two manganese bands. The bottom of the handle is chequered with stripes of alternate colours, and, below it, there is a green brush stroke resembling a 2.


History note: Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli, Orvieto by 1909; 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 59 & pl. IV. 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: 31.5 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


This ewer has been restored without the neck which was with it when it was photographed in 1909 when in the possession of Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli in Orvieto. This is catalogued separately as C.60A-1991.

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, Foot composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Foot Diameter 10.9 cm
Handle To Front Diameter 17.5 cm
Detached Neck Height 13.0 cm
Detached Handle Height 8.4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval with gold edge

  • Text: 724
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 59
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.60-1991
Primary reference Number: 47551
Packing number: EURCER 950
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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