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Two-handled jar: C.75-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Two-handled jar, tin-glazed earthenware painted in manganese and green with, on each side, a bishop and pine-cones on stems, surrounded by cross-hatching.

Buff earthenware. Lead-glazed brownish-yellow inside, and tin-glazed off-white on the exterior; base unglazed. The glaze has crazed. Painted in manganese and bluish-green.
Bulbous ovoid body: flat base projecting slightly at the edge: short cylindrical neck with everted rim, the top edge of which slopes outwards; two strap handles, each composed of three strips of clay pressed together.
On each side is a three-quarter-length figure of a bishop at the top of a stem, flanked by two stems bearing pine-cones. Between the stems are stylised leaves reserved in manganese cross-hatching. The handles are flanked by three vertical manganese lines. Below are two manganese bands, and, round the neck, a green plait between pairs of manganese bands. The handles and body below them are striped with alternate groups of manganese and green horizontal lines.


History note: Alfred Spero, London, from whom purchased in 1920 by F. Leverton Harris.

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F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


14th Century
15th Century#
Circa 1380 CE - 1425 CE


Tuscany or Umbria

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and bluish-green)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Rim Diameter 12.0 cm
Base Diameter 17.3 cm
Across Handles Width 30.0 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.75-1927
Primary reference Number: 48037
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 February 2024

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

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