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Jar: C.209-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Workshop: Guido di Merlino
Workshop: Unknown (Possibly)

Entities

  • Jar
  • spouted jar with a handle

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Description

Renaissance maiolica spouted jar with a handle, painted in polychrome with Actaeon with a stag's head, Diana and other figures in a landscape.

Spouted jar with a handle. Earthenware, tin-glazed inside and outside; base unglazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.
Ovoid with short cylindrical neck, everted rim, and a spout on the shoulder in the shape of an amphibious monster's head with three webbed feet projecting at the front and sides. The bow-shaped handle passes over the mouth and terminates in moulded leaves which extend to the shoulder.
On the front, Actaeon, with a stag's head, stands between groups of three men on the right and four women on the left, one of whom, probably Diana, is seated. The landscape background has rocks to the right and left of the figures, dividing them from those on the other side. In the middle of the back there is a seated robed female with another dressing her hair. On the right, four nude men approach from behind rocks, and on the left, three women, one clothed, watch a nude woman whose left hand is raised and whose hair streams out behind her. In the landscape background there are buildings and mountains. The handle is yellow with orange bands down the edges, and the leaves below are green. The spout is orange, green and yellow. The interior of the rim is painted green and blue and the rim and edge of the base are yellow.

Notes

History note: Probably Conte Ferdinando Pasolini Dall' Onda. Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 19 July 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, part of lot 277; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.2 cm
Width: 23.9 cm

Relative size of this object

23.9 cm27.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Forlì ⪼ Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

16th century
Renaissance
Circa 1540 CE - 1550 CE

Note

Probably made in the workshop of Guido di Merlino, who was in business as a potter in Urbino by 1523, and was recorded there at intervals until 1558. Otherwise Forlì is a possibility.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours
Body Diameter 19.7 cm

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze
Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with serrated edge and blue printed border

  • Text: 406
  • Method of creation: Printed in red
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.209-1991
Primary reference Number: 73097
Packing number: EURCER 379
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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