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Two-handled jar: C.101-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Maso and Miniato di Domenico (Perhaps)
Workshop: Giunta di Tugio (Perhaps)




Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) painted in dark relief-blue and manganese, with the bust of a man surrounded by 'oak leaves' on each side.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark relief-blue with manganese outlines.
Bulbous ovoid body with flat base, short cylindrical neck and two broad strap handles composed of two adjacent strips and a central rib.
Both sides are decorated with a bust of a man in profile to left, wearing a high-necked doublet and a cap, flanked by wings, and surrounded by sprays of oak leaves with short dashes in the background. On each side of the handles there are three vertical manganese lines. Round the lower part of the body there are two horizontal manganese bands; on the neck, between pairs of horizontal manganese bands, alternating blue circles and pairs of manganese arrow heads placed tip to tip. On the handles there are horizontal manganese lines and blue splodges, and, below each handle, a stylised plant. At the base of each handle are three manganese asterisks.


History note: S.R. Christie-Miller; Sotheby's, 28 July 1919, Catalogue of a small but choice collection of Italian majolica, the property of S.R. Christie-Miller, Esq., Britwell Court, Burnham, Bucks., lot A & pl. IA; F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


15th Century#
Circa 1420 CE - 1450 CE


Doubts have been expressed about the authenticity of this jar

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of manganese ( oxide) cobalt-blue ( oxide) tin-glaze
Mouth Diameter 15.2 cm
Base Diameter 17.5 cm
Across Handles Width 30.8 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: torn rectangular label from a sale catalogue

  • Text: TURKISH/DOUBLE HANDED DRUG POT covered with a white glaze and painted with/two female busts, flowers, etc. in blue. Height 12 1/2 in.
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: three manganese asterisks

  • Location: At the base of each handle
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.101-1927
Primary reference Number: 48154
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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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