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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Umbria, Orvieto


With Shape 7 (see Documentation, 1995) this appears to be the earliest tin-glazed jug form made at Oriveto. It varies in size, and in the proportions of neck and body, and also occurs with a restriction round the bulbous part. Plant and geometrical ndecoration occur most frequently this type, heraldic decoration less often, and zoomorphic designs rarely. Front panels decorated with leaves on scrolling stems also occur on jugs C.37-1991, C.39-1991, C.38-1991, C.41-1991, and C.45-1991.


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1250 1350


maiolica arcaica


13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval


Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with leaves on the front, oblique strokes and lines on the sides.
Pale buff earthenware fabric, the interior and lower part lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed, greyish-beige. Painted in dark manganese and a little copper-green.
Shape 11. Small bulbous body with tall cylindrical neck, carinated rim, pinched spout and loop handle of oval section.
The front is decorated with two green pointed leaves on coiling stems. On each side of the handle, in manganese, there are oblique strokes between two sets of three vertical lines. Below are two horizontal manganese bands; on the neck, three; and on the handle, four oblique stripes of alternate colours.


throwing; body
lead-glazing; interior, lower part
tin-glazing; exterior
painting; decoration


earthenware; whole
lead-glaze; interior, lower part
tin-glaze; exterior
high-temperature colours; decoration; dark manganese and copper-green


pale buff earthenware fabric, the interior and lower part lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the rest tin-glazed, greyish-beige; painted in dark manganese and a little copper-green.


height, whole, 19.2, cm
diameter, base, 7.6, cm
diameter, body, 11.0, cm
width, handle to spout, 14.5, cm


bequeathed; 1991-04-29; Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli; Sotheby's, 16-17 February 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, lot 46 (1). William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, part of lot 104; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.


Ridout, William; former owner
Reitlinger, Henry Scipio; former owner

Acquisition Credit:

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


label; printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink; 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O./71' inscribed in blue-black ink; circular with blue border; number in W.B. Honey's catalogue of the Ridout collection
label; inscribed in pencil; 104/20; brown tie-on; lot number in Christie's sale of the Ridout Collection on 13 December 1938
inscription; on base; inscribed in pencil; 46


Honey, William Bowyer. Ridout, F. U.. 1934. A Catalogue of the Collection of Italian and other Maiolica, Mediaeval English Pottery, Dutch, Spanish and French Faïence, and other Ceramic Wares, formed by William Ridout of London and Toronto.London: p. p. 15
Publ. p. 15, O.71

Poole, Julia E. Dr. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 24
Publ. p. 24, no. 31


Object Number: C.40-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47434; input: 2002-05-08; modified: 2015-05-18)


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