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Two-handled vase: C.260-1991

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 thinly on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in greyish-blue, yellow, and orange.
Globular body with tall cylindrical neck and two twisted handles, curling up a little on each side at the lower ends.
On the front is a rabbit beside a tree flanked by curved borders, palmettes, and formal foliage; on the neck, a huntsman holding a gun stands between vertical borders. Both panels have a yellow background, which on the lower part has orange curls round the edge. The lower part of the back is decorated with a circular medallion flanked by fans and formal foliage, and the neck with a rectangular panel containing a rosette, scrolls and palmettes. Round the top and bottom of the neck and the lower part of the back, are horizontal yellow and orange bands and blue spots, the latter omitted on the lower part of the front.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 102; 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: 27.2 cm
Width: 22.0 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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( greyish-blue, yellow, and orange)
Mouth Diameter 12.0 cm

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 553
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: green rectangle

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

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.260-1991
Primary reference Number: 81282
Packing number: EURCER 131
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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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