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Jug: C.169-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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


Renaissance maiolica jug, painted in blue, green and yellow with, on the front a 'ladder' frame enclosing a cock.

Cream earthenware. The interior is lead-glazed brownish-yellow. The exterior is slip-coated overall, and the sides and handle are thinly tin-glazed greyish-white. Painted in blue, green, and greyish-yellow. Shape 43. Ovoid with projecting base, short neck expanding towards the rim which is pinched at the front to form a lip; small strap handle.
On the front, an ovoid blue `ladder' frame encloses a cock surrounded by greyish-yellow strokes representing grass. Down each side is a vertical green squiggle.


History note: Probably William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, probably lot 35; 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: 18.9 cm
Width: 11.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


Jugs decorated with frontal medallions enclosed by 'ladder' frames were common throughout central Italy during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, but the form of this on suggess that it probably came from Orvieto or a town in northern Lazio. Several jugs of similar type are in the Museo del Vino at Torgiano, and one decorated with a cock is in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto.

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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 9.2 cm
Sides, Handle

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 527/4
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: MP8/5X
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.169-1991
Primary reference Number: 72463
Packing number: EURCER 348
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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