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Two-handled jar: C.108-1927

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 1, shelf D


Unknown (Potter)


Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior; the interior lead-glazed yellowish-brown; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, and manganese. Albarello with sloping shoulders, cylindrical neck, and two wide strap handles, each with a thumb print at its base.
The back and front are decorated with rectangular panels bordered by interlaced reversed Ss between sets of three vertical lines. Both panels contain a Gothic 'a' with incised decoration on the upright strokes, enclosed by a contour line and flanked by pairs of serrated leaves surrounded by dots. Above and below there are two horizontal blue bands. Round the lower part and neck are slanting blue lines; on the shoulder, San Bernardino rays; and on the handles, alternating pairs of blue and green horizontal lines.


History note: C. & E. Canessa, Paris, from whom purchased in 1920 by F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926), by whom bequeathed

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.4 cm
Width: 26.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


15th century
16th century
Circa 1460 CE - 1500 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, and manganese) Interior composed of lead-glaze Exterior composed of tin-glaze Rim Diameter 10.8 cm
Base Diameter 12.0 cm

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.108-1927
Primary reference Number: 78769
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 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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