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Jug: C.74-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Late Medieval maiolica jug, with relief heads and a pine-cone, painted in manganese and green with vegetal motifs and rhomboids.

Earthenware. The lower part and interior are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest is tin-glazed. Painted in manganese and copper-green. Bulbous body with disk base and a flattened zone round the widest part, cylindrical neck, and wide strap handle with a longitudinal ridge.
The flattened zone is decorated with oblique strokes, interrupted by a relief head, a pine-cone, and the remains of another head, with two manganese bands below and one above. The shoulders and neck are decorated with panels containing vegetal motifs and rhomboids reserved in cross-hatching. On the body, the handle is flanked by S hooks between two groups of three vertical lines, and, on the neck, by trelliswork.


History note: Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli by 1909; probably sold by Sotheby's, 16-17 February 1914, but lot number not identified. Purchased as excavated in Orvieto 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: 26.1 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 - 1375 CE


This jug is likely to have been made in Orvieto as by 1909 it was in the possession of Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli who having retired from the army became an antique dealer there. It can be seen on the extreme left of the top shelf in a photograph of medeval maiolica, but has a relief mask on the front. This may be the detached mask, C. 73-1991 (Poole, 1995, p. 79, no. 137).

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Lower Part, Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 12.5 cm
Body Diameter 19.7 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.74-1991
Primary reference Number: 47701
Packing number: EURCER 885
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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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