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Bowl: C.149-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)
Maker: Unknown




Renaissance maiolica bowl, painted in blue and orange with a multi-petalled flower surrounded by concentric circles.

Cream earthenware, thrown, and tin-glazed creamy-white on both sides; base unglazed. The glaze inside has numerous pinholes. Painted in dark blue and orange.
Shape 29 with narrower foot. Circular with curved sides standing on a narrow solid foot.
In the middle is a multi-petalled flower surrounded by concentric circles: narrow blue, wide orange and wide blue. On the sides, blue half-palmettes alternate with short orange squiggles, and above there are concentric bands: narrow blue, wide orange and wide blue.


History note: Signor Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni (1859-1928) or Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli (1862-19 ); Sotheby's, 16-17 February 1914 [17], Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, 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: 13.5 cm
Height: 5.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century#
16th Century, Early#
Circa 1450 CE - 1510 CE


The previous ownership of this bowl suggests that it is likely to have been made in Orvieto or its vicinity, and this attribution is supported by the excavation of a great many hemispherical bowls from butti and kiln sites there. However, bowls with analogous decoration were also made in towns in the Romagna, such as Faenza.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and orange)
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Cream earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on both sides; base unglazed. The glaze inside has numerous pinholes. Painted in dark blue and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 371/c
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 185/5
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.149-1991
Primary reference Number: 72085
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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