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Two-handled jar: C.2163-1928

Object information

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


Maker: Unknown (District of)




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

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in thick relief-blue with manganese outlines.
Ovoid with flat base, short slightly flaring neck, and two small strap handles, each formed of two vertical strips pressed together, so that there is a depression running vertically down the middle.
On each side, a long-tailed bird stands in profile to right, surrounded by sprays of oak leaves with dots and stars 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 manganese bands, there is a wavy manganese stem with roughly V-shaped leaves in the spaces above and below it. On the handles there are horizontal manganese lines and, on one, two pairs of blue splodges, and on the other, one pair. Below each handle is a manganese `S', flanked on one side by blue C-shaped strokes, with two spirals below, and on the other by two U-shaped strokes.


History note: Professor William R. Lethaby; lent to the Fitzwilliam on 8 March 1917; purchased on 20 July 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher for £50 (MS Cat. 4730).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


15th Century#
Circa 1420 CE - 1450 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and manganese)
Base Diameter 12.8 cm
Mouth Diameter 13.5 cm
Across Handles Width 26.0 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S
  • Location: Below the handles
  • Method of creation: In manganese
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: H L I ?.6.S.Vj
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: rectangular with cut corners inscribed in faded black ink in Dr J.W.L. Glaisher's hand

  • Text: 4730/Early Florentine jar, decorated/with cranes and trees. circa 1450/b.July 20, 1917/Formerly the/property of/Prof. Lethaby
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2163-1928
Primary reference Number: 48155
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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