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Bowl: C.148-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)
Maker: Unidentified Deruta pottery (Possibly)




Renaissance maiolica bowl, painted in blue and green with a nine-petalled flower surrounded by concentric circles, and a border of continous lozenges.

Pale-buff earthenware, thrown and tin-glazed pale grey on both sides; the base and a little way above it unglazed. Painted in blue and pale green.
Shape 29 with slightly concave base. Circular with curved sides and disk base, concave underneath.
In the middle is a blue nine-petalled flower surrounded by concentric circles: narrow blue, wide green, two narrow blue, and a wide green with blue Cs and mounts outside it. Below the rim is a border of continuous lozenges with strokes in the spaces, with two blue bands and one green above and below.


History note: Signor Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni (1859-1928) or Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli (1862-19 ); Sotheby's, 16-17 February [17] 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, probably part of lot 185 (unsold). 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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.6 cm
Height: 6.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy
  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century, first half#
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


The border pattern on this bowl is comparable to those found on many sixteenth-century plates and dishes from Deruta, such as C.57-1927, but although Oriveto imported pottery from Deruta, it seems likely that trivial vessels, such as this bowl were made locally. Bowls with similar central motifs, and a broad-rimmed bowl with a similar central motif and lozenge border have been recovered from butti (rubbish pits) in Orvieto.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and pale green)

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Pale-buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed pale grey on both sides; the base and a little way above it unglazed. Painted in blue and pale green.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ..5/5
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.148-1991
Primary reference Number: 72070
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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