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Two-handled jar: C.71-1927

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 1, shelf C


District of Unknown (Maker)


Renaissance, maiolica two-handled storage or pharmacy jar, painted in dark relief-blue and manganese with long-tailed birds, oak leaves, dots and lines.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark relief-blue with manganese outlines. Poole, 1995, Shape 42. Ovoid with flat base, short cylindrical neck and two strap handles.
On each side, a long-tailed bird struts in profile to right, surrounded by sprays of oak leaves with dots in the background. On each side of the handles there are three vertical manganese lines, blue undulations and manganese scalloped lines. Round the lower part of the body there are two horizontal manganese bands; on the neck, alternating chevrons and blue spots between pairs of manganese bands. On each handle there are horizontal manganese lines and blue spots, with below, an inverted oak leaf and dots, and above, three spots and dots. On one handle the spots are linked by lines to form an asterisk.


History note: Private collection, London; Alfred Spero, London, from whom purchased on 7 May 1925 by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th century
Circa 1420 CE - 1450 CE


This jar is decorated in relief-blue also known as zaffera a rilievo. The pigment was made by mixing imported cobalt-blue and lead, which did not sink into the tin-glaze, and produced a glossy upstanding effect when fired.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and manganese) Mouth Diameter 11.5 cm
Base Diameter 12.1 cm
Across Handles Width 22.5 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark relief-blue with manganese outlines.

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.71-1927
Primary reference Number: 48153
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 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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