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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Italy, Umbria, Orvieto


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1300 1425


maiolica arcaica


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


Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in black and green with, on the inside, an eight-spoked wheel with at intervals three circles.
Pale reddish-buff earthenware. Tin-glazed greyish-white on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in black and copper-green.
Shape 29. Circular with deep sides, curving inwards slightly towards the rim; narrow disk base.
Inside, there is an eight-spoked wheel or star surrounded at intervals by three concentric black-edged green circles with radiating black strokes between them. Outside, there is a green horizontal band below the rim.


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


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


pale reddish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white on both sides, base unglazed; painted in black and copper-green


height, whole, 5.6, cm
diameter, base, 5.8, cm
diameter, whole, 12.3, 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, probably 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


A bowl of the same form with a silimar central motif was recovered from butto A in the Palazzetto Faina, Orvieto. The concentric 'ladder' decoration on the sides occurs on a bowl excavated in Orvieto and given to the MICF by Perali and on one in th eMuseo dell'Pera del Duomo, Orvieto.

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./13.' in blue-black ink; circular with blue border; number in W.B. Honey's catalogue of the Ridout Collection


packing number; EURCER 472; Allocated by Wendy Rose when object left Maidenhead; 1989


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.13

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 65-6
Publ. pp. 65-6, no. 105

Milan, Castello Sforzesco. Satolli, Alberto. 1983. La ceramica orvietana del medioevo I.Florence: Castello Sforzescop. p. 48, 100
Cf. example of a bowl of the same form, with a similar central motif, recovered in the Palazzetto Faina, Orvieto, p. 48, pl. XI. and an example of a bowl, excavated in Orvieto, with a concentric 'ladder' decoration on the sides, p. 100, no. 149.

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. 221
Cf. example of a bowl, excavated in Orvieto, with a concentric 'ladder' decoration on the sides, p. 221, no. 90.


Object Number: C.117-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47888; input: 2002-05-20; modified: 2016-08-11)


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