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Unknown (pottery)


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware




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

Pale buff earthenware; the lower part and interior lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the rest tin-glazed greyish-white. Painted in manganese and copper-green. Shape 7. Bulbous ovoid with flat base, short cylindrical neck, applied folded spout and broad strap handle. The spout and handle are flanked by three vertical manganese lines and a green line forming side panels, each containing a shield charged with the arms checky argent and sable (?) and below to the right and left, two green simplified fleurs-de-lis. On the neck, there are four manganese horizontal lines and one green; on the spout and handle, horizontal stripes of alternate colours, and under the spout, alternating wavy lines.

Production Notes

maiolica arcaica

Production Place

Orvieto (pottery) (place)

Umbria (pottery) (region)

Italy (pottery) (country)

Technique Description

pale buff earthenware; the lower part and interior lead-glazed yellowish-brown, the rest tin-glazed greyish-white; painted in manganese and copper-green.


height: (whole): 30.8 cm
diameter: (base): 10.2 cm
diameter: (body): 20.2 cm
width: (handle to spout): 21.4 cm


13th Century
14th Century


circa 1275 to 1350


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

Signor Avvocato Marcioni or Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli; 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 58 & pl. II. Purchased from Kerin, London, on 9 December 1933 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950


  1. Satolli, Alberto Le vecchie collezioni di ceramica orvietana medievale, [page: p. 34]
    Source title: Vasellari, Rivista di storia della tradizione ceramica (1997)
    [comments: Publ. p. 34, no. 58]
  2. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 19]
    [comments: Publ. p. 19, no. 23]

Other Notes

Provided that manganese was intended for sable rather than gules, the arms correspond roughly to those of Giovanni Guido Pepoli of Bologna, capitano del popolo of Orvieto in 1276, but the quality of the glaze suggests a later date.

Accession Number

C.32-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 47383; Input Date: 2002-05-08 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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