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Flagon: C.141-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Possibly)




Late Medieval maiolica flagon, painted in black and relief-blue with oak leaves, berries and trefoil leaves between two horizontal bands of spots and strokes.

Flagon. Earthenware. The interior and exterior are thickly tin-glazed. Painted in black and very dark relief-blue.
Cylindrical with a horizontal rib above the foot, and another below the slightly flaring rim. The angular handle is a restoration.
The main field is decorated with a coiling stem bearing three upright oak leaves, with groups of berries hanging below and three trefoil leaves above. Below are two black bands, blue spots linked by groups of three strokes, and another black band. Above are similar spots and strokes between pairs of black bands.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century#
19th Century, Late#
20th Century, Early
Circa 1400 CE - 1450 CE Circa 1875 CE - 1925 CE


Purporting to be from Faenza or elsewhere in the Romagna.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( black and very dark relief-blue)
Mouth Diameter 10.9 cm
Base Diameter 11.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.141-1991
Primary reference Number: 48048
Packing number: EURCER 481
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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