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Two-handled cup: C.99-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery

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Description

Late Medieval maiolica two-handled cup, painted in manganese and green with, on the inside, a Cross and Instruments of the Passion.

Earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-beige on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 21. Circular with carinated sides, narrow foot and two loop handles of oval section.
Inside, within two manganese circles, there is a green Cross with manganese Instruments of the Passion; on the outside, oblique manganese strokes with a green and a manganese band below and a manganese above. On the right handle there is a green spot.

Notes

History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, probably part of lot 107; 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: 4.9 cm
Width: 14.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

13th Century
14th Century
Medieval
Circa 1250 CE - 1350 CE

Note

Christian symbols, principally the Cross, Instruments of the Passion and Agnus Dei occur frequently on two-handled cups and bowls found in Orvieto. Their use was probably encouraged by the Pope's and Curia's prolonged periods of residence in the city during the late 13th century, as well as by the existence of numerous religious houses and confraternities in Umbria.

Label text from the exhibition ‘Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 7 March until 4 June 2017: Conduct books insisted that the family meal should be a sober, devout occasion. Everyday crockery with sacred motifs, such as the instruments of the Passion of Christ, or the cross bearing the nails that pierced Christ’s body, reminded diners of the central beliefs of their faith, while scenes from the lives of the saints, such as the image of St Francis with a rosary on the one-handled cup, offered models of Christian piety, obedience and restraint.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Foot Diameter 4.4 cm
Body

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze
Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O./22.' 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.99-1991
Primary reference Number: 47824
Packing number: EURCER 459
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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