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Jug: C.78-1991

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Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in black and green with a castellated motif, flanked by cross-hatching, Vs and semi-circular motifs.

Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for the base and the edge of the foot. The glaze is thick, bubbly and pitted. Painted in black and green.
Shape approximately 18. Ovoid with low pedestal foot, short neck flaring at the front to forma spout (trilobate).
On the front is a shield outline with a striped edge, charged with a castellated motif flanked by areas of cross-hatching. The handles are flanked by three pairs of black lines, with a vertical row of Vs between the first two and two semi-circular motifs between the second and third. A green horizontal band, and two black, encircle the lower part of the body, and are repeated above the main field. On the neck there is a row of criss-crosses and two black bands; on the handle, green strokes.


History note: 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: 15.5 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


13th Century
14th Century
20th century
Circa 1200 - 1300 Circa 1300 - 1400 Circa 1900 - 2000

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( black and green) Base Diameter 7.6 cm

Materials used in production

except base and edge of foot Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 372/A
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: remains of a rectangular label with a blue border pattern

  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.78-1991
Primary reference Number: 47783
Packing number: EURCER 469
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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