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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, pottery, perhaps, Umbria, Orvieto, perhaps

Collection:

H.S. Reitlinger

Category(s):

tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica

Name:

bowl

Date:

circa 1350 1450

School/Style:

maiolica arcaica

Period(s):

14th Century; 15th century; Medieval

Description(s):

Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in manganese and green with a plant in the centre, and on the sides lanceolate leaves and squiggles.
Earthenware. Tin-glazed off-white inside; lead-glazed pale yellowish-brown on the exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.
Shape 38. Circular with warped rim, sloping sides and flat base; the rim is pierced by two incorrectly placed suspension holes.
In the middle, within two manganese concentric circles, there is a plant with three oak (?) leaves and tendrils; on the sides, alternating lanceolate leaves and manganese squiggles with two manganese bands above.

Technique(s):

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

Material(s):

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

Technique
Description:

earthenware; tin-glazed off-white inside, lead-glazed pale yellowish-brown on the exterior, base unglazed; painted in dark manganese and copper-green.

Dimension(s):

height, whole, 7.7, cm
diameter, base, 17.2, cm
diameter, whole, 30.5, cm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1950; Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Provenance:

Probably William Ridout; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Associated
Person(s):

Ridout, William; previous owner; probably
Reitlinger, Henry Scipio; previous owner

Notes:

The form of the leaves, similar to those on famiglia verde wares, probably indicates a date in the late fourteenth, or early fifteenth, century.

Acquisition Credit:

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Exhibition(s):

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 2, top, no. 20
Catalogue number: no catalogue

Documentation:

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. 14
Publ. probably p. 14, O.39

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 75-6
Publ. pp. 75-6, no. 128

Fiocco, Carola. Gherardi, Gabriella. 1988. Ceramiche Umbre dal Medioevo allo Storicismo, Parte Prima, Orvieto e Deruta.Faenza:
Source Title: MICF, Catalogo generale delle raccolte 5 I ()
p. p. 232
Cf. A comparable plant occurs on a two-handled bowl excavted at Orvieto and now in the MICG, but it has differently shaped leaves, p. 232, no. 114.

Accession:

Object Number: C.83-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47804; input: 2002-05-16; modified: 2014-01-15)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/47804





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