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Jug: C.165-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica part of a jug, painted in blue, yellow and manganese with, on the front, a stylised plant framed by a band.

Buff earthenware, thrown. The interior is lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the exterior tin-glazed greyish-white with streaks of brownish-grey; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, yellow, and dark manganese.
Piriform, with slightly projecting base and broad strap handle; the front of the neck and spout are missing.
On the front is a stylised plant with three oval leaves or fruits, framed by an oval yellow band between narrow blue, with alternating blue and manganese leaves round the edge. The handle has two groups of three horizontal blue stripes.


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 235A. William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 33; H.S. Reitlinger; the Reitlinger Trust, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7 cm
Height: 14.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Late
16th Century, Early#
Circa 1470 CE - 1510 CE


Plants with kidney-shaped leaves or pomegranates and fan-like shoots were common on central Italian jugs during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, and some are attributed to the Romagna or Marches. W.B. Honey attributed this example to Faenza. However, its provenance suggests that it is likely to have been made in Umbria, probably at Orvieto, but comparable jugs were also made in Lazio. A waster jug decorated witjh a similar two-leaved plant and frame was found at a pottery site adjacent to the Pozzo della Cava, in via della Cava, Orvieto, active from around the mid fifteenth to the early sixteenth century.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, yellow, and dark manganese)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 235/5A
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'FA./6' in black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.165-1991
Primary reference Number: 72392
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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