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Jug: C.67-1927

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 2, shelf C


Maker: Unidentified Deruta pottery




Maiolica jug painted in blue and gold lustre with St Francis at prayer, with borders of stems and buds, a band of scallops and horizontal and vertical lines

Pale buff earthenware, the exterior is tin-glazed; the interior, lead-glazed. Painted in blue, and with yellow lustre.
Bulbous body with a slender neck widening towards the slanting rim, and strap handle.
In a rectangular panel on the front, St Francis holding a rosary, kneels facing towards a Cross flanked by plants. On each side is a stem and buds between two vertical lines; below, a band of scallops and a series of alternating blue, reserved white and yellow lustre bands. The upper part of the neck and the back and sides of the handle are lustred.


History note: Florence, where purchased by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


Early 16th Century
Circa 1500 - 1530

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) reduced pigment lustre ( silver-yellow) lead-glaze tin-glaze
Base Diameter 6.8 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with cut corners and blue printed border

  • Text: M.29/Leverton Harris/bequest 1926
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.67-1927
Primary reference Number: 48525
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 19 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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