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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, pottery, Umbria, Orvieto

Collection:

H.S. Reitlinger

Category(s):

tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica

Name:

bowl

Date:

circa 1350 1425

School/Style:

maiolica arcaica

Period(s):

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

Description(s):

Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in manganese and green with, in the middle a seven-lobed leaf inside a gothic 'O', and on the sides, a green circle and radiating strokes.
Bowl. Buff earthenware. Very thickly potted and heavy. Tin-glazed pinkish-grey on both sides; dribbles of glaze on the base. Painted in dark manganese-brown and copper-green.
Approximately Shape 30. Circular with sloping sides curving inwards at the top, and narrow disk foot.
In the middle, there is a seven-lobed leaf inside a gothic `O' (?) surrounded by dots; on the sides, a green circle between two dark brown, and a row of short radiating brown strokes; and on the outside, a thick wavy green line.

Technique(s):

throwing; body
tin-glazing; whole
painting; decoration

Material(s):

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

Technique
Description:

buff earthenware, very thickly potted and heavy; tin-glazed pinkish-grey on both sides; dribbles of glaze on the base; painted in dark manganese-brown and copper-green.

Dimension(s):

height, whole, 7.0, cm
diameter, foot, 6.1, cm
diameter, whole, 12.4, cm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1950; Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Provenance:

Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli; Sotheby's, 16-17 February 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, lot 132 (2). Purchased from Kerin, London, on 9 December 1933 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Associated
Person:

Reitlinger, Henry Scipio; previous owner

Notes:

The thick walls and dotted background are reminiscent of a bowl decorated with a bird from 'butto' F of the Palazzetto Faina, Orvieto, which has been dated to the last quarter of the fourteenth, or early fifteenth, century.

Acquisition Credit:

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Inscription(s):

label; inscribed in pencil; 39; circular with blue border
inscription; on the outside; inscribed in blue-black ink; 196
inscription; on the outside; in pencil; 132/4

Documentation:

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 67
Publ. p. 67, no. 109

Orvieto, Palazzo Papale. 1985. La ceramica orvietana del medioevo. I 'butti' di Palazzetto Faina: un intervento di archeologia urbana.p. p. 91
Cf. example of a bowl with similar walls, background and decoration, found in 'butto' F of the Palazzetto Faina, Orvieto, p.91, no. 78.

Accession:

Object Number: C.122-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47941; input: 2002-05-20; modified: 2012-10-10)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/47941





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