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Cup: C.104-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery


  • Cup
  • cup with one handle



Late Medieval maiolica cup with one handle, painted in black and green with, on the inside, a shield.

Pale reddish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed beige on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in black and copper-green.
Approximately Shape 21. Circular with carinated sides, narrow foot and one loop handle; the other has been broken off.
Inside, within two black concentric circles, there is a shield with a green border, charged with a green fleur-de-lis, surrounded by cross-hatching. On the outside there are two panels of cross-hatching each flanked by panels of vertical lines, over a green band; on the rim, a green band, and, on the handle, a green horizontal stroke with three black strokes above and below.


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

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.2 cm
Width: 13.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Fleur-de-lis occur frequently on late medieval maiolica, either as independent motifs (see jug C.50-1991), sometimes surrounded by a contour panel, as on a two-handled cup in the Detroit Institute of Arts, or as charges on shields, as on a cup of this type formerly in the Imbert collection, a two-handled bowl in the Casina del Bessarione, Rome, and a lobed bowl in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto. The motif also occurs on maiolica from Lazio.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( black and copper-green)
Foot Diameter 3.4 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.104-1991
Primary reference Number: 47829
Packing number: EURCER 941
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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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