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Pharmacy jar: C.304-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unknown




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with two medallions, one enclosing a long-legged bird among plants, and the other flowering plants and rocks, and below, a pseudo-Kufic border

Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed white overall and painted in blue. On each side, reserved in a scrolled ground, there is a quatrefoil panel, one decorated with a long-legged bird among plants, and the other with rocks and flowering plants in Oriental style. Below, between pairs of narrow horizontal bands there is a border of pseudo-Kufic (resembling open and closed clothes pegs). On the shoulder there is a border of scallops and spots beween pairs of horizontal bands


History note: William ridout; sold Christie's, 13th December 1938, The William Ridout Collection of italian maiolica . . ., p. 25, first part of lot 129; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Henry S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13.1 cm
Height: 26.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Puebla de los Angeles ⪼ Mexico

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


18th century
Circa 1700 CE - 1800 CE

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Decoration composed of cobalt

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Circular with blue edge

  • Text: WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION printed in black and S.30 hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.304-1991
Primary reference Number: 74343
Packing number: EURCER 93
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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