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Ewer: C.254-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Possibly)




Maiolica ewer, painted in greyish-blue with rabbits, foliage and birds around a bearded mask under the spout.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in greyish-blue.Helmet-shaped, with bat's wing fluted rim and sides, a bearded mask under the spout, and dolphin handle, standing on a stepped circular foot.
On each side of the mask are two rabbits and foliage, and on each side of the handle, two rabbits and a bird among foliage enclosed by striped oval frames. Above are two horizontal bands, and below, two narrow and one wide. The foot and stem are decorated with concentric circles of different widths. The back of the handle is blue overall.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 80; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

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H.S. Reitlinger Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy
  • Savona ⪼ Liguria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1630 CE - 1700 CE

School or Style

calligrafico naturalistico

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( greyish-blue)
Foot Diameter 8.9 cm
Handle To Spout Width 22.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in greyish-blue.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.254-1991
Primary reference Number: 73688
Packing number: EURCER 342
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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