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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, maker, probably, Italy, Umbria, probably
Unknown, maker, possibly, Italy, Lazio, possibly

Production
Note:

Probably Umbria or northern Lazio

Collection:

H.S. Reitlinger

Category(s):

tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica

Name:

jug

Date:

circa 1480 1520

School/Style:

Renaissance

Period(s):

late 15th century; early 16th Century; Renaissance

Description(s):

Renaissance maiolica jug, painted in blue and yellow with, on the front, a sunburst surrounded by a circle, and rays and strokes on the sides.
Pale buff earthenware. The exterior is tin-glazed; the interior and base are unglazed. Painted in blue and yellow.
Bulbous ovoid body with cylindrical neck, flaring towards the carinated rim, which is pinched at the front to form a spout; broad strap handle with a longitudinal depression, curving upwards on either side of a thumb print at the lower end.
On the front is a sunburst comprising a yellow striped centre, five blue rays surrounded by a yellow circle between two blue, and three more rays on each side. The handle is flanked by slanting blue strokes between two sets of three blue vertical lines. Below are two horizontal bands, and on the neck, criss-crosses between pairs of horizontal bands.

Technique(s):

tin-glazing; exterior
painting; decoration

Material(s):

earthenware; whole
tin-glaze; exterior
high-temperature colours; decoration; blue and yellow

Technique
Description:

Pale buff earthenware. The exterior is tin-glazed; the interior and base are unglazed. Painted in blue and yellow.

Dimension(s):

height, whole, 18.7, cm
diameter, base, 8.4, cm
width, whole, 13.4, cm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1950; Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Provenance:

William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 33; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Notes:

Sunburst decoration was widely disseminated in central Italy in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. It seems probable that this jug came from Orvieto, or elsewhere in Umbria or northern Lazio, rather than from Faenza, to which it was attributed by Honey (1934). Jugs with carinated rims and various different types of decoration have been found at a kiln site adjacent to the Pozzo della Cava in via della Cava, Orvieto.

Acquisition Credit:

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Inscription(s):

label; printed in blue and inscribed in black ink; 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'FA./4' in black ink; circular with blue border
label; inscribed in pencil; 33/4; brown tie-on
label; inscribed in pencil; 348/a; circular with serrated edge

Alternative
Number:

packing number; EURCER 364; Allocated by Wendy Rose when object left Maidenhead; 1989

Documentation:

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. 20
Publ. p. 20, FA.4

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 162-3
Publ. pp. 162-3, no. 233

Christie's. 1938. The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware.London: p. p. 10
Publ. probably p. 10, part of lot 33

Accession:

Object Number: C.167-1991
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 72426; input: 2002-08-06; modified: 2016-08-11)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/72426





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