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Two-handled vase: C.259-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica two-handled vase, painted in polychrome with, on the front, an oval panel with a three-quarter length figure of a woman, surrounded by panels, scrolling foliage, roses and buds.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall, except for a narrow irregular area near the base. Painted in greyish-blue, yellow, and orange. The vase has a globular body with tall cylindrical neck and two twisted handles curling up a little on each side of the lower end.
On the front is an oval panel containing a three-quarter length figure of a woman holding a pot plant, and on the neck, a rectangular panel containing a nereid holding up a drape. Both have yellow grounds, which on the lower panel has orange curls round the edge. The panels are flanked by blue scrolling foliage on a white ground, and narrow panels of different scrolling foliage with a blue ground. The back is decorated with two yellow rosettes and buds amongst blue foliage. Round the lower part, and the top of the neck are yellow and orange horizontal bands and blue spots, which also occur on the shoulder at the back.


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

Height: 30.0 cm
Width: 22.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Laterza ⪼ Puglia ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1630 CE - 1700 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( greyish-blue, yellow, and orange)
Rim Diameter 13.2 cm

Materials used in production

except for narrow area near base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 373
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: green rectangle

  • Text: SOT
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.259-1991
Primary reference Number: 80764
Packing number: EURCER 128
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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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