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Two-handled bowl: C.153-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in blue and yellow with a chequered medallion surrounded by concentric circles.

Earthenware, thrown with applied handles, tin-glazed creamy-white inside and outside; base partly glazed. Painted in blue and yellow.
Shape 45. Circular with curved sides and two loop handles, standing on a narrow foot.
In the middle is a chequered medallion surrounded by concentric circles: three blue, one orange, four blue, one orange and one blue. The outside of the rim is decorated with six blue inverted half-palmettes.


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

Height: 6.1 cm
Width: 15.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


During the second half of the 15th century simply decorated two-handled bowls were made in immense quantities in central Italy, judging by the numbers extant. They are usually decorated in two or three colours with a central medallion containing a stylized plant motif, grid or spots, surrounded by concentric circles, and may have horizontal bands or fan-like palmettes or half-palmettes on the exterior. Large quantities of them have been recovered from butti (rubbish pits) in Orvieto. A bowl with analogous decoration was found at a kiln site adjacent to the Pozzo della Cava in via della Cava, Orvieto.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and yellow)
Rim Diameter 11.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white inside and outside; base partly glazed. Painted in blue and yellow.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 377/L
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.153-1991
Primary reference Number: 72175
Packing number: EURCER 436
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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

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