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Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Pottery)


Late Medieval maiolica dish, painted in manganese and green with, in the central medallion, letters, leaves and cross-hatching, and on the rim, lozenges.

Dish. Pale buff earthenware. Tin-glazed greyish-white on both sides; base unglazed. The glaze has crazed. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 36, but deeper, and with a vertical edge to the rim. Thickly potted. Circular with narrow rim, deep curved well, and flat base.
The central medallion contains the manganese letters `A' and `B' over `C' or `G', enclosed by four loops, and four stylised leaves with cross-hatching in the spaces. The rim is decorated with alternating lozenges with green centres and manganese cross-hatched circles between narrow manganese bands. On the reverse, a green band encircles the inner edge of the well.


History note: Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli; 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 94. 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

Diameter: 25.6 cm
Height: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
15th century
Circa 1350 CE - Circa 1425 CE


A small bowl decorated with a comparable 'A; was found at a pottery site in via della Cava, Orvieto.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green) Body

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/38A' inscribed 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.82-1991
Primary reference Number: 47797
Packing number: EURCER 447
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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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