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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Umbria, Orvieto


Comparable motifs occur on two-handled bowls in the Fondazione Horne, Florence and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto, and, more boldly drawn with cross-hatched centres, on several fragments recovered from a 'butto' under the Palazzo del Popolo, Orvieto, which from architectural evidence were deposited not earlier than the 1280s.


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1300 1400


maiolica arcaica


14th Century; Late Medieval


Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in black and green with, on the inside, a rhomboidal area of cross-hatching.
Earthenware, tin-glazed beige on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in black and copper-green.
Shape 32. Circular with narrow sloping rim and deep curved sides, standing on a narrow foot.
Inside, there is a rhomboidal area of cross-hatching surrounded by a green line, and, further out, three short black lines and three longer green lines.


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


earthenware; whole
tin-glaze; whole; except base
high-temperature colours; decoration; black and copper-green


earthenware, tin-glazed beige on both sides, base unglazed; painted in black and copper-green.


height, whole, 4.6, cm
diameter, whole, 9.9, 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 108; 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/14' in blue-black ink; circular with blue border
label; inscribed in blue-black ink; 108/25; circular with blue edge


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.14.

Poole, Julia E. Dr. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 69-70
Publ. pp. 69-70, no. 114

Satolli, Alberto. 1990. Orvieto, il Palazzo del Popolo e i suoi restauri.Orvieto: Bollettino dell'Instituto Storico Artistico Orvietanap. p. 148
Cf. examples of fragments with more boldly drawn, comparable motifs, recovered from a 'butto' under the Palazzo del Popolo, Orvieto, p. 148, fig. 167.

Milan, Castello Sforzesco. Satolli, Alberto. 1983. La ceramica orvietana del medioevo I.Florence: Castello Sforzescop. pp. 61, 72
Cf. examples of two-handled bowls with comparable motifs in the Fondazione Horne, Florence and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Orvieto, respectively p. 61, no. 33, p. 72, no. 66.


Object Number: C.111-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47836; input: 2002-05-17; modified: 2015-05-18)


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