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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Italy, Umbria, Orvieto


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica


two-handled cup


circa 1250 circa 1350


maiolica arcaica


13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval


Maiolica two-handled cup, painted in manganese and green with, on the inside, a Cross and Instruments of the Passion.
Earthenware, tin-glazed pinkish-grey on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and copper-green.
Shape 21. Circular with carinated sides, narrow foot and two loop handles of oval section.
Inside, within two concentric manganese circles, there is a green Cross and manganese Instruments of the Passion; on the outside, a wide green horizontal band and two green spots on each handle. A green band runs round part of the rim.


throwing; body
tin-glazing; whole; base unglazed
painting; decoration


earthenware; whole
tin-glaze; whole; base unglazed
high-temperature colours; decoration; manganese and copper-green


earthenware, tin-glazed pinkish-grey on both sides, base unglazed: painted in manganese and copper-green.


height, whole, 4.8, cm
diameter, foot, 3.9, cm
width, whole, 14.9, cm


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


Purportedly excavated at Orvieto; William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, probably part of 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


Religious symbols, principally the Cross, Instruments of the Passion and Agnus Dei occur frequently on two-handled cups and bowls. Their use was probably encouraged by the Pope's and Curia's prolonged periods of residence in Orvieto during the late thirteenth century, as well as by the existence of numerous religious houses and confraternities in Umbria.

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./26.' in blue-black ink; circular with blue border


packing number; EURCER 460; 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 17, bottom
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.26

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 52
Publ. p. 52, no. 79

Sconci, Maria Selene. Andreani, Laura. Cannistrà, Alessandra. 2011. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo di Orvieto Ceramiche.Orvieto: Giunti
Cf.p. 113, nos. 229, 230 and 231, comparable bowls decorated with Instruments of the Passion, dated to the mid 14th century. This example is mentioned under no. 229.


Object Number: C.98-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47823; input: 2002-05-17; modified: 2016-08-11)


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