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Jar: C.2-1949

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Perhaps)




Renaissance, maiolica one-handled jar, painted in blue and orange with a diaper pattern containing orange leaves, and a flower head surrounded by rays, whirls and dots.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue and orange.
Ovoid with a short cylindrical neck and small strap handle; flat base, projecting slightly at the edge.
With the exception of a strip under and below the handle, the body is covered by a diaper pattern of lozenges, each containing three orange leaves in its lower point, and a flower head in the centre surrounded by rays, whirls and dots. The neck and base are each encircled by an orange and a blue horizontal band. The strip below the handle is decorated with a blue zig-zag and orange spots between blue vertical lines. At the bottom there are short vertical strokes and two longer vertical lines, each with a short horizontal stroke on one side, perhaps a mark.


History note: Dr Alfred Pringsheim; Sotheby's, 19 July 1939, Catalogue of the renowned collection of Italian majolica, the property of Dr Alfred Pringsheim of Munich, lot 203; E.L. Paget; Sotheby's, 11 October 1949, Catalogue of the well-known collections of fine Italian bronzes, majolica and European ceramics...the property of the late E.L. Paget Esq., lot 7.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Leverton Harris Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Montelupo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy
  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1949) by Sotheby's


15th Century#
16th Century
Circa 1490 CE - 1520 CE


Perhaps Deruta, Umbria or Montelupo, Tuscany

School or Style


Components of the work

Rim Diameter 10.2 cm
Base Diameter 9.5 cm
At Widest Width 17.3 cm

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze
dark blue and orange High-temperature colours

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with serrated edges and blue printed border

  • Text: 315
  • Method of creation: Printed in orange
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular

  • Text: Lot 23 Dr. Pringsheim's Coll/..Sotheby's, July 18/5...
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: 'E.L.PAGET COLLECTION' in maroon, '46' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in maroon and in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: pe
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In black ink
  • Text: 1268
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In black ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1949
Primary reference Number: 73200
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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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