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Bowl: C.158-1991

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Probably Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Maker)
Possibly Unidentified Lazio pottery (Maker)


Renaissance maiolica bowl, painted in blue and yellow with a flower, concentric circles and triangular motifs.

Earthenware, thrown and tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in dark blue and yellow.
Shape 47. Circular with a narrow rim and deep well, slightly convex in the middle.
In the middle is a blue flower within two concentric circles; on the sides of the well, eight alternately blue and yellow irregular triangular motifs separated by blue Vs, and, above, three narrow blue bands. Similar motifs are on the rim.


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.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.8 cm
Height: 3.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 15th century
Early 16th Century
Circa 1480 CE - 1520 CE


The provenance of this bowl indicates that it likely to have been made in Orvieto, but analogous bowls were made further south in Lazio.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and yellow)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Earthenware, thrown and tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in dark blue and yellow.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.158-1991
Primary reference Number: 72260
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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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