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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, probably, Italy, Umbria, Orvieto, probably Orvieto


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1275 1375


maiolica arcaica


13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval


Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in black and green with a leaf at the front with two leaves within a border.
Pale buff earthenware. The interior, lower part, and most of the base are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest is tin-glazed pale greyish-beige. Painted in black and copper-green. Shape 12. Bulbous body with disk base and restriction, cylindrical neck, carinated rim, pinched spout and strap handle with longtitudinal ridge.
The front is decorated with a black hatched trefoil leaf between two green leaves on coiling stems, with a wavy line border and two black bands below. The handle is flanked by oblique strokes between two sets of three vertical lines. On the neck, there is a green chain between pairs of black horizontal bands; on the handle, seven horizontal stripes of alternate colours.


throwing; body
lead-glazing; interior, lower part; and most of base
tin-glazing; exterior
painting; decoration


earthenware; whole
lead-glaze; interior, lower part; and most of base
tin-glaze; exterior
high-temperature colours; decoration; black and copper-green


pale buff earthenware; the interior, lower part, and most of the base are lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the rest is tin-glazed pale greyish-beige; painted in black and copper-green.


height, whole, 25.0, cm
diameter, base, 10.5, cm
diameter, body, 13.7, cm


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


Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli, Orvieto by 1909. William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 105; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.


Ridout, William; previous owner
Reitlinger, Henry Scipio; previous owner


This form differs from Shape 11 in having a restriction and a handle with a slight longitudinal ridge, and probably developed a little later.

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/66' in blue-black ink; circular with blue border
label; inscribed in pencil; 105/18; brown tie-on; lot number and part of lot in Christie's William Ridout sale, 13 December 1938


packing number; EURCER 906; 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. 15
Publ. p. 15, O.66.

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 32-3
Publ. pp. 32-3, no. 46

Satolli, Alberto. Tra vendite e traffici di primo Novecento. Un mancato acquisto di Ernst Steinmann di ceramiche orvietane medievali.
Source Title: Vascellari: Rivista di storia della tradizione ceramica 1 (2003) : 164-
p. 188-9
Publ. p. 188-9, fig. 16, photograph top row extreme left


Object Number: C.53-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47489; input: 2002-05-10; modified: 2017-04-11)


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