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Two-handled jar: C.91-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Probably Unknown (Potter)


Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior; traces of lead glaze on the interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and a little manganese-purple.
Albarello with sloping shoulders, cylindrical neck, and two handles each formed of two rolls of clay pushed together and flattened.
On each side is a rectangular panel bordered by criss-crosses between pairs of vertical lines. One contains a label inscribed `DEO GRAcIAS' (Thanks to God), with, above and below, blue and yellow lines and two parti-coloured leaves on a stalk with dots in the background, The other has four stylised flowers on stems meeting in the centre, with diagonal tendrils between them, and a dotted background. Above and below are horizontal blue bands. Round the lower part there are criss-crosses; on the shoulder, parti-coloured leaves and buds on stalks; on the neck, smaller criss-crosses between two narrow and two wide horizontal blue bands. The handles are decorated with alternating pairs of blue and yellow horizontal stripes.


History note: Adolf von Beckerath; Berlin, Lepke, 4 November 1913, Die Majolika-Sammlung Adolf von Beckerath, lot 63, pl. 20. F. Leverton Harris.

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F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.5 cm
Width: 48.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 15th century
Circa 1470 CE - 1500 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, and a little manganese-purple) Interior composed of lead-glaze Exterior composed of tin-glaze Base Diameter 10.5 cm
Rim Diameter 10.6 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.91-1927
Primary reference Number: 48755
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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