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Bowl: C.157-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica bowl with narrow rim, painted in blue and orange with a disk surrounded by concentric circles.

Buff earthenware, thrown and tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and orange with a freckled appearance. Shape 47. Circular with narrow slightly curved rim and deep well. In the middle is an orange disk surrounded by two blue concentric circles; on the rim, two blue bands and a wide orange band.


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: 11.5 cm
Height: 3.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 15th century
Early 16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1520 CE


The provenance of this bowl and its similarity to a fragment of a bowl found near the Duomo in Orvieto and given to the Fitzwilliam in 1904, and to bowls excavated in Orvieto more recently, makes it likely that it was made there. Comparable bowls were made in Lazio.

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue and orange with a freckled appearance.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.157-1991
Primary reference Number: 72246
Packing number: EURCER 947
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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