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Two-handled cup: C.131-1991

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Current Location: In storage

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Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery

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Description

Late Medieval maiolica two-handled cup, painted in manganese and green with, on both sides, narrow bands of trellis.

Buff earthenware. Both sides are thinly tin-glazed greyish-white; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 27. Truncated conical bowl with disk base and low loop handles of oval section.
Both sides are decorated with narrow panels of trellis, with a green and two brown horizontal lines above and below, and three manganese vertical lines on each side of the handles.

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.7 cm
Width: 13.2 cm

Relative size of this object

13.2 cm4.7 cm What does this represent?

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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 - Circa 1400 CE

Note

Truncated conical cups with two handles were made in Umbria and Lazio. They occur with shallow or deep sides, and are mainly decorated with trellis or grid patterns. They persisted until the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century, and also exist with blue decoration (see Cat. no. 152, C.94-1927).

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Base Diameter 6.2 cm
Body

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze
buff 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./24' 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.131-1991
Primary reference Number: 47980
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

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

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