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Bowl: C.83-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Perhaps)




Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in manganese and green with a plant in the centre, and on the sides lanceolate leaves and squiggles.

Earthenware. Tin-glazed off-white inside; lead-glazed pale yellowish-brown on the exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
Shape 38. Circular with warped rim, sloping sides and flat base; the rim is pierced by two incorrectly placed suspension holes.
In the middle, within two manganese concentric circles, there is a plant with three oak (?) leaves and tendrils; on the sides, alternating lanceolate leaves and manganese squiggles with two manganese bands above.


History note: Probably William Ridout; 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: 30.5 cm
Height: 7.7 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 - 1450 CE


The form of the leaves, similar to those on famiglia verde wares, probably indicates a date in the late fourteenth, or early fifteenth, century. A comparable plant but with differently-shaped leaves occurs on a two-handled bowl excavated at Orvieto and now in the Museo Nationale delle Ceramiche, Faenza

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark manganese and copper-green)
Exterior composed of lead-glaze
Interior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 17.2 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.83-1991
Primary reference Number: 47804
Packing number: EURCER 428
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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