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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Italy, Umbria, Orvieto


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica


two-handled bowl


circa 1300 1425


maiolica arcaica


14th Century; 1st quarter 15th century; Late Medieval


Late Medieval maiolica two-handled bowl, painted in black and green with, on the inside, two crossed pointed leaves with a trefoil leaf and wavy line in the spaces.
Two handled bowl. Buff earthenware. Tin-glazed greyish-beige on the inside; lead-glazed yellowish-brown on the exterior; base unglazed. Painted in black and copper-green.
Shape 31. Circular with uneven rim, curved sides, narrow foot and two strap handles.
Inside, within two black concentric circles, there are two crossed pointed leaves with a trefoil leaf and a wavy line in each of the spaces; on the sides, a wavy green band and a black band close to the rim.


throwing; body
tin-glazing; inside
lead-glazing; exterior; base unglazed
painting; decoration


earthenware; whole
tin-glaze; inside
lead-glaze; exterior; base unglazed
high-temperature colours; decoration; black and copper-green


buff earthenware; tin-glazed greyish-beige on the inside, lead-glazed yellowish-brown on the exterior; base unglazed; painted in black and copper-green.


height, whole, 7.5, cm
diameter, foot, 6.7, cm
width, whole, 19.6, cm


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


William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, lot 107; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.


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


Variants of the central motif occur frequently, for example on bowls in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto , and the MICF.

Acquisition Credit:

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


label; printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink; 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O./32' inscribed in blue-black ink; circular with blue border
label; inscribed in pencil; 107/17; brown tie-on


packing number; EURCER 947; Allocated by Wendy Rose when object left Maidenhead; 1989


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, bottom, no. 11
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. 13
Publ. p. 13, O.32

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 68
Publ. p. 68, no. 111

Milan, Castello Sforzesco. Satolli, Alberto. 1983. La ceramica orvietana del medioevo I.Florence: Castello Sforzescop. p. 113
Cf. example of a bowl with a similar central motif, in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto, p. 113, no. 187.

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. 220
Cf. example of bowls with a similar central motif, in the MICF, p. 220, no. 86.


Object Number: C.91-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47814; input: 2002-05-16; modified: 2016-08-11)


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