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Jar: C.245-1991

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Domenego da Venezia (Workshop)


Renaissance maiolica jar, painted in polychrome with a panel on each side enclosing the head of a man wearing a turban, and the head of a man wearing a hat.

Jar. Earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on both sides; the rim and base unglazed. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.
Globular with short narrow neck and flat rim which has warped; the base is slightly convex and unstable.
On each side there is a circular panel with a scrolled frame: one enclosing the head of a man three-quarter face, wearing a turban; the other, the head of a man wearing a hat. The sides are decorated with stylised flowers and foliage, reserved in a blue ground incised with squiggles and curved strokes. A narrow blue horizontal band and a wider yellow band encircle the base and the neck.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.4 cm
Height: 25.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1560 - 1570

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white)

Materials used in production

rim and base unglazed Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on both sides; the rim and base unglazed. Painted in blue, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 551/a
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.245-1991
Primary reference Number: 73536
Packing number: EURCER 345
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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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