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Bowl: C.146-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica bowl, painted in blue, green and yellow with circles, squares, dots, strokes and stripes.

Earthenware, thrown. The interior is tin-glazed greyish-cream; the exterior lead-glazed pale yellowish-brown. Painted in dark blue, a little pale green, and yellow.
Shape 46. Circular with sloping sides, curving inwards at the top, standing on a solid base.
In the middle, within six narrow concentric blue circles, are eight yellow squares filled alternately with blue dots and small blue circles; above and below are a green and a yellow stripe with blue strokes over them. On the sides, three groups of short vertical blue strokes alternate with three groups of yellow, and below the rim is a wide yellow band between two sets of three narrow blue bands.


History note: Purportedly excavated in Orvieto. Purchased from Kerin, London, on 9 December 1933 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 15 cm
Height: 5.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


15th century
Circa 1450 CE - 1500 CE


The bowl was probably among the '27 glazed 15th cent. plates & bowls, said to have been excavated at Orvieto' which H.S. Reitlinger purchased in 1933, some of which can be identified with lots in the Marcioni and Lucatelli sale held by Sotheby's on 16-17 February, 1914. It is therefore likely to have been made and found in Orvieto, although it is possible that one or other of the collectors acquired them elsewhere. This attribution is supported by the finding of bowls of this form in Orvieto at a pottery site adjacent to the Pozzo della Cava and at another further up via della Cava.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, a little pale green, and yellow)
Exterior composed of lead-glaze
Interior composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Earthenware, thrown, and tin-glazed greyish-cream on the interior; the exterior lead-glazed pale yellowish-brown. Painted in dark blue, a little pale green, and yellow.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 37/d
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.146-1991
Primary reference Number: 72041
Packing number: EURCER 419
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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