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Jug: C.170-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Unidentified Lazio pottery (Possibly)




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

Buff earthenware. The interior is lead-glazed pale brown, the exterior tin-glazed, and base unglazed. Painted in blue and dark yellow. Shape 43. Ovoid projecting base, short neck pinched at the front to form a lip and broad strap handle. On the front, an ovoid blue `ladder' frame encloses a bust of a woman in profile to left, flanked by a blue vertical stripe and yellow slanting strokes. Down each side is a vertical yellow 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: 16.0 cm
Width: 12.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Jugs with frontal medallions enclosed by 'ladder' frames were common throughout central Italy during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. The form of this example, and excavated finds of comparable jugs in Orvieto suggest that it was probably made there, but it might have been made in northern Lazio.

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Components of the work

Interior composed of tin-glaze ( base unglazed)
Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and dark yellow)
Exterior composed of lead-glaze
Base Diameter 9.4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 236
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: MP8/X
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.170-1991
Primary reference Number: 72480
Packing number: EURCER 421
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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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