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Puzzle jug: C.2246-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified Ariano Irpino pottery




Maiolica puzzle jug, painted in green, yellow, orange, and black with an eagle enlcosed in a frame, surrounded by flowers and leaves.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed except for the base. Painted in green, yellow, orange, and brownish-black.
Barrel-shaped, with disk base, a cylindrical neck expanding towards the rim, and a loop handle enclosing a tube which runs round both sides of the rim and emerges as a sucking spout at the front. The neck is pierced by rows of circular and triangular holes. The front is decorated in relief with an applied circular frame enclosing an eagle displayed, and there are applied sprays of flowers and leaves on the neck.
The circular frame is yellow with slanting orange and brown strokes over it and the eagle, and the floral sprays are picked out in all four colours. The rest of the body is decorated with black dotted circles filled in with either green, yellow, or orange. Round the neck is a broad green band with an orange band above and below, and on the rim are yellow and green bands. Inside the neck are green and yellow areas striped in brown and orange. Down the outside of the handle are alternating brown ovals and chevrons on a yellow ground, flanked by black diagonal strokes over orange and green vertical stripes.


History note: Palermo, where purchased on 29 April 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ariano Irpino ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century, first half#
Circa 1800 CE - 1850 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in green, yellow, orange, and brownish-black)
Base Diameter 12.3 cm
Widest Part Width 18.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2246-1928
Primary reference Number: 73286
Old object number: 2084
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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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