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Ewer: C.66-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Late Medieval maiolica ewer with ox-head spout, painted in manganese and green with leaf, cross-hatching, lines, stripes and S hook decoration in panels.

Pale buff earthenware. The interior and lower part are lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the base is unglazed, and the rest is tin-glazed pale beige. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 16, but with ox-head spout. Elongated piriform body with small pedestal foot, narrow neck with flat rim, ox-head spout and narrow strap handle with a longtitudinal ridge.
The main field is divided by horizontal and vertical green and manganese stripes into three panels, each containing a leaf reserved in a cross-hatched ground. The handle is flanked by manganese S hooks between two sets of three vertical lines. Above and below are two horizontal manganese bands; on the neck, a green chain with three manganese bands above; and on the handle, seven horizontal stripes of alternate colours.


History note: Cavaliere Capitano Lucatell, 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 51. 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: 22.1 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 - 1350 CE


It seems likely that this ewer was made in Orvieto, as it can be seen (with a cover) in a photograph in the Biblioteca Comunale, Orvieto which shows medieval maiolica in the collection of Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli c. 1909. (Documentation, Satolli, 2003, Ricetti, 2010). However, an example in the Cora collection at the MICF (Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza) has been attributed to Viterbo.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Interior, Lower Part composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Body Diameter 12.0 cm
Foot Diameter 8.3 cm
Handle To Spout Width 17.1 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 51
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.66-1991
Primary reference Number: 47597
Packing number: EURCER 451
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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