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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Italy, Umbria, Orvieto


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1275 1350


Medieval; maiolica arcaica


late 13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval


Maiolica bowl, painted in manganese and green with six stylised flowers on stems.
Earthenware, the interior is tin-glazed greyish-white; the exterior is lead-glazed yellowish-brown; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and green. Approximately Shape 22, with warped sides. Inside, radiating from a central green spot, there are six wavy stems bearing stylised flowers reserved in cross-hatching, enclosed by two concentric manganese circles with triangular motifs projecting inwards between the flowers. The sides are decorated with green strokes on either side of a wavy manganese stem, with a horizontal manganese band above.


tin-glazing; interior
lead-glazing; exterior
painting; decoration


earthenware; whole
lead-glaze; exterior
tin-glaze; interior
high-temperature colours; decoration; manganese and green


Earthenware, the interior is tin-glazed greyish-white; the exterior is lead-glazed yellowish-brown; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and green.


height, whole, 10.5, cm
diameter, foot, 12.5, cm
diameter, whole, 29.7, cm


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


Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli; Sotheby's, 16-17 February [16] 1914, Catalogue of the collections of early Italian pottery formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto, lot 83 and pl. IV. 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.

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/19A' inscribed in blue-black ink; circular with blue border
label; in pencil; 271; circular with serrated edge


packing number; EURCER 468; 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. 6
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.19a & pl. IV

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 56-7
Publ. pp. 56-7, no. 86

Sani, Elisa P.. Reeves, Matthew. Raccanello, Justin. 2017. Maiolica before Raphael. Italian ceramics before 1500.London: Sam Foggp. 44-7
Cf. pp. 44-5 no. 1, a two-handled bowl with a central motif similar to the six flower-like motifs on the Fitzwilliam's bowl. Attributed to Orvieto and dated c. 1380-1200. Formerly in the Elia Volpi collection, Palazzo Davanzati, Florence. Later, John Philip Kassebaum (1932-2016). The John Philip Kassebaum Collection, I, 1981, p. 53, fig. 56.

Satolli, Alberto. Le vecchie collezioni di ceramica orvietana medievale.
Source Title: Vasellari, Rivista di storia della tradizione ceramica(1997)
p. pp. 34-5
Publ. pp. 34-5, no. 83, illustrated




Object Number: C.80 & A & B-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 76123; input: 2002-09-25; modified: 2017-05-02)


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