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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, probably, Umbria, Orvieto


This form seems to be a development of Shape 12 and occurs with a wide, low foot or a pedestal foot as here. A comparable example was formerly in a private collection at Orvieto.


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1275 1350


maiolica arcaica


13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval


Late Medieval maiolica ewer, painted in manganese and green with chevrons, S hooks, and lines in horizontal bands.
Pale buff earthenware, the interior and foot is lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest is tin-glazed greyish-white. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 13. Globular body with concave restriction, high pedestal foot, cylindrical neck flaring to the carinated rim, pinched spout and loop handle of oval section.
On the front of the body, the restriction is decorated with manganese chevrons with two wide green bands and two narrow manganese below, and a wide green, narrow manganese and wide green above. On each side of the handle there are S hooks between two sets of three vertical lines. The neck is encircled by a wavy line reserved in manganese with a green line and two manganese lines above and below. The handle is horizontally striped in alternate colours.


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


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


pale buff earthenware, the interior and foot is lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the rest is tin-glazed greyish-white; painted in manganese and copper-green.


height, whole, 22.6, cm
diameter, base, 10.1, cm
diameter, handle to front, 13.3, cm


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


William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 104; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.


Ridout, William; previous owner
Reitlinger, Henry Scipio; previous 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/74' inscribed in blue-black ink; circular with blue border; number in the William Ridout Collection catalogue by W.B. Honey
label; inscribed in pencil; 104/20; brown tie-on; lot number in the William Ridout sale at Christie's, 13 December 1938


Italian Maiolica in the Fitzwilliam Museum. 1995-10-03 - 1996-01-07
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Notes: case 1, top, no. 19
Catalogue number: no catalogue


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.74 & pl. V.

Poole, Julia E. Dr. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 35
Publ. p. 35, no. 51

Satolli, Alberto. Orvieto underground. Scheda 38, le ceramiche ritgrovate: un'altra fornace in vai della Cava.
Source Title: Quaderni dell'Istituto Statale de'Arte di Orvieto 5/6 (1985) : 239-56

Cf. p. 214, pl. F, second row down, second from the right. See also the jugs with lower feet.


Object Number: C.61-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47576; input: 2002-05-13; modified: 2015-05-18)


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