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Pharmacy jar: C.76-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

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Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)

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Description

Late Medieval maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in manganese, black and green with four panels enclosing a flower.

Pale buff fabric earthenware, thrown, the interior is lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the exterior tin-glazed pale grey. Painted in manganese, black and copper-green. Cylindrical with flat base, narrow shoulder, short convex neck and everted rim.
The sides are divided into four panels by pairs of vertical lines, with alternating green and brown blobs between them. In each panel there is a central lozenge with three small leaves at the top and bottom, enclosing a flower, and, in each corner, a quarter circle containing three radiating strokes. On the neck, there are alternating vertical green and horizontal black blobs between manganese horizontal bands.

Notes

History note: Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli 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 78. William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, probably part of lot 108; 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: 15.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

14th Century
15th century
Medieval
Circa 1375 CE - 1450 CE

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese, black and copper-green)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Rim Diameter 10.5 cm
Base Diameter 9.5 cm
Body

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O./80' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.76-1991
Primary reference Number: 47745
Packing number: EURCER 935
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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