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Unknown (pottery)


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware




maiolica arcaica


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

Cream earthenware; the interior and lower part lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed greyish-white; base unglazed. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green. Shape 7. Ovoid with flat base, cylindrical neck applied folded spout and broad strap handle. The spout and handles are flanked by three vertical manganese lines forming three panels, each decorated with a shield with a green border charged with a fess double-embattled sable, reserved in a manganese cross-hatched ground. Below are two manganese bands, and on each side of the neck, four. The spout is striped horizontally in alternate colours and there are two green horizontal stripes at the base of the handle.

Production Place

Orvieto (pottery) (place)

Umbria (pottery) (region)

Italy (pottery) (country)

Technique Description

cream earthenware; the interior and lower part lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the rest tin-glazed greyish-white, base unglazed; painted in dark manganese and copper-green.


height: (whole): 18.5 cm
diameter: (base): 7.7 cm
diameter: (body): 11.3 cm
width: (handle to spout): 15.4 cm


13th Century
14th Century


circa 1250 to 1350


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

William Ridout; probably Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware.part of lot 104 or 105; 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/76' inscribed in ink
    Description: circular with blue border
  2. label
    Method: inscribed in pencil
    Content: 348
    Description: circular with serrated edge


  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. 15]
    [comments: Publ. p. 15, O.76.]
  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. 22]

Other Notes

The arms might have been intended for Ranieri of Perugia or Orvieto, although the latter had a crescent above, and a star below the embattling.

Accession Number

C.31-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 47374; Input Date: 2002-05-08 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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