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Two-handled bowl: C.154-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in blue, green and yellowish-green with a fan-shaped flower surrounded by concentric circles.

Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handles, tin-glazed greyish-white on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, turquoise-green, and yellowish-green.
Shape 45 but shallower. Circular with curved sides and two loop handles, standing on a narrow foot.
In the middle is a fan-shaped flower surrounded by concentric circles: narrow and wide blue, five narrow blue, wide green, four narrow and one wide blue. Outside there is a turquoise-green band.


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

Height: 5.5 cm
Width: 16.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th century
Early 16th Century
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 similar flower occurs on a bowl found at a pottery site adjacent to the Pozzo della Cava in via della Cava, Orvieto. Another example from a pozzo in Orvieto is in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, turquoise-green, and yellowish-green)

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, turquoise-green, and yellowish-green.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A/185/4
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.154-1991
Primary reference Number: 72191
Packing number: EURCER 915
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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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