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Unidentified Orvieto pottery, pottery, Italy, Umbria, Orvieto


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica




circa 1275 1375


maiolica arcaica


late 13th Century; 14th Century; Medieval


Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with a relief head and pine-cones.
Pale cream earthenware. The interior is lead-glazed brownish-yellow, the exterior is tin-glazed greyish-white, and the lower edge and base are unglazed. Painted in manganese and copper-green. Shape 19 (Poole, 1995). Squat piriform body with disk base, short neck, trilobate mouth and loop handle of D section.
The front is decorated with a relief head flanked by cross-hatched leaves and relief pine-cones. On each side of the handle there are oblique strokes between two sets of three vertical lines. Below are two horizontal manganese bands; on the neck, a green chain between pairs of manganese bands; and on the handle, seven horizontal stripes of alternate colours.


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


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


pale cream earthenware; the interior is lead-glazed brownish-yellow, the exterior is tin-glazed greyish-white, and the lower edge and base are unglazed; painted in manganese and copper-green.


height, whole, 16.2, cm
diameter, base, 8.9, cm
diameter, body, 13.3, cm
diameter, relief face - handle, 13.5, cm


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


Signor Avvocato Arcangelo Marcioni (1859-1928)or Cavaliere Capitano Ferdinando Lucatelli (1862- ) whose collections were sold without differentiation by 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 79C (1). Purchased from Kerin, London, on 9 December 1933 by H.S. Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.


Reitlinger, Henry Scipio; previous owner


See notes and bibliography for C.68-1991

Acquisition Credit:

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950


inscription; on base; in pencil; 79/2


packing number; EURCER 483; Allocated by Wendy Rose when object left Maidenhead; 1989


Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 45
Publ. p. 45, no. 65

Wilson, Timothy. 2015. Italian Maiolica in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoriap. 32-35, 154-5
Cf. pp. 32-5, 3874-D3, a jug with pine cones' in relief flanking a relief head, and 154-5, 3875-D, a jug with 'pine cones' in relief on either side of a rabbit or hare in relief

Wilson, Timothy. 2017. Italian Maiolica and Europe.Oxford: Ashmolean Museump. 52
Cf.p. 52, no. 5, a squatter jug with a relief face on the front, flanked by pine cones or bunches of grapes, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, inv. no. WA 1954-12. This example is mentioned.


Object Number: C.69-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 47690; input: 2002-05-13; modified: 2017-11-14)


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