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Bowl: C.138-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


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




Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in manganese and blue with, in the well, a plant with five leaves, and on the rim a continous scrolling stem.

Pale buff earthenware. The back is lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the front is tin-glazed greyish-beige which has dribbled over onto the back on one side; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and blue.
Shape 41. Circular with wide curved rim pierced by a suspension hole near the edge, and deep curved well.
In the well, within two manganese circles, there is a plant with five blue spiky leaves and half leaves in the spaces; on the rim, a continuous scrolling stem with eight blue spiky palmette-like flowers, and two manganese bands round the outer edge.


History note: Purportedly excavated in Orvieto. Purchased from Kerin, London, on 9 December 1933 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.4 cm
Height: 7.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy
  • Viterbo ⪼ Northern Lazio ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century#
Circa 1400 CE - 1450 CE


The decoration is similar in style to a fragmentaryt plate which was recovered from butto F of the Palazzetto Faina, Orvieto, and initially attributed to Viterbo. Since then, the recovery of numerous two-handled cups with comparable blue plant decoration from the site of a pottery adjacent to the Pozzo della Cava, and a jug at another kiln site further up the street, lend support to the view that these dishes could have been made locally.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and blue)
Back composed of lead-glaze
Front composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 8.0 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 279
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.138-1991
Primary reference Number: 48041
Packing number: EURCER 328
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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