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Unknown probably (pottery)


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware




Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in black and green with a shield on each side.

Cream earthenware; the interior, lower part and base lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed off-white. Painted in black and copper-green. Shape 7. Ovoid with flat base, short cylindrical neck, applied folded spout and broad strap handle. On each side within a green outline, is a shield charged with a bend sable between two annulets (?) of the same.

Production Notes

maiolica arcaica

Production Place

Orvieto (pottery) (place) ()

Umbria (pottery) (region) ()

Italy (pottery) (country)

Technique Description

cream earthenware; the interior, lower part and base lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the rest tin-glazed off-white; painted in black and copper-green.


height: (whole): 17.3 cm
diameter: (base): 7.3 cm
diameter: (body): 12.0 cm
width: (handle to spout): 16.3 cm


13th Century
14th Century


circa 1250 to 1350


bequeathed: Reitlinger, Henry Scipio 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware.part of lot 104; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950


  1. label
    Method: printed in blue and inscribed in ink
    Content: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/53' inscribed in ink
    Description: circular with blue border
  2. label
    Method: inscribed in pencil
    Content: 104/20
    Description: rectangular brown tie-on


  1. Honey, William Bowyer (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 [page: p. 14]
    [comments: Publ. p. 14, O.53.]
  2. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 18]
    [comments: Publ. p. 18, no. 21]

Other Notes

Two fragments, decorated with the top and bottom of a shield bearing similar rings, have been recovered from a 'butto' of the Palazzo del Popolo, Orvieto.

Accession Number

C.30-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 47370; Input Date: 2002-05-08 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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