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Two-handled bowl: C.137-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)
Maker: Unidentified Tuscan pottery (Possibly)

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Description

Late Medieval maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in manganese and blue with, on the inside a double-armed cross and cross-hatching.

Pale buff earthenware. The exterior and base are lead-glazed pale brown; the interior is tin-glazed pale grey. Painted in manganese and blue.
Shape 39. Circular with flat base, sloping sides, narrow flat rim and two wide strap handles with a thumb print at the top.
Inside, within two manganese concentric circles, there is a double-armed cross with cross-hatching and three scalloped lines between the arms; on the sides, blue criss-crosses and a manganese band.

Notes

History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, 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: 9.7 cm
Width: 34.0 cm

Relative size of this object

34 cm9.7 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

14th Century
15th century
Medieval
Circa 1350 CE - 1425 CE

Note

Decoration in cobalt blue and manganese (maiolica arcaica blu) on tin-glazed earthenware was introduced in central Italy during the second half of the fourteenth century. One of the earliest examples is a jug found in the vault of the loggia of the Town Hall at Montalcino (Tuscany) thought to have been built during the second quarter of the century. The earliest documentary evidence for blue decoration in Florence cited by Cora (1973) was in 1360.

The form of this bowl is comparable to examples decorated in green and manganese from Umbria, such as one given to the British Museum by H.S. Reitlinger

School or Style

Medieval
maiolica arcaica blu

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and blue)
Exterior, Base composed of lead-glaze
Interior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 18.8 cm
Body

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/99' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: brown tie-on

  • Text: 107/17
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.137-1991
Primary reference Number: 48040
Packing number: EURCER 457
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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