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Jug: C.168-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown (Possibly)
Production: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica jug, painted in blue, green and yellow with, on the front, a 'ladder' frame enclosinga bust of a woman.

Pale red earthenware, the interior lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the exterior, slip-coated and thinly tin-glazed off-white; base unglazed. Painted in blue, green, and yellow. Shape 43. Ovoid with flat base, short neck expanding towards the rim which is pinched at the front to form a spout, and broad strap handle. On the front, a lemon-shaped `ladder' frame encloses a bust of a woman in profile to left flanked by blue chevrons and half circles. Down each side is a vertical green squiggle.


History note: 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: 22.9 cm
Width: 15.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, first half#
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, and yellow)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 11.1 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 527
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.168-1991
Primary reference Number: 72446
Packing number: EURCER 320
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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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