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Maker/s

Unknown probably (pottery)

Collection

H.S. Reitlinger

Category

tin-glazed earthenware
maiolica

Name

jug

School/Style

maiolica arcaica

Description

Late Medieval maiolica jug, painted in manganese and green with a shield on the front.

Pale buff earthenware. The interior and lower part are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the base is unglazed, and the rest is tin-glazed beige. Painted in dark manganese and green. Shape 11. Globular body with disk base, tall cylindrical neck, carinated rim, pinched spout and loop handle of D-section. The front is decorated with a shield with a green edge charged with a fess cotised sable.

Production Place

Orvieto (pottery) (place)

Umbria (pottery) (region)

Italy (pottery) (country)

Technique Description

Pale buff earthenware. The interior and lower part are lead-glazed yellowish-brown; the base is unglazed, and the rest is tin-glazed beige. Painted in dark manganese and copper-green.

Dimensions

height: (whole): 17.5 cm
diameter: (base): 8.0 cm
diameter: (body): 10.6 cm
width: (handle to spout): 13.0 cm

Period

13th Century
14th Century
Medieval

Date

circa 1275 to 1375

Provenance

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

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. label
    Method: printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
    Content: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/40' in blue-black ink
    Description: circular with blue border
  2. label
    Method: inscribed in pencil
    Content: 104/20
    Description: brown tie-on

Documentation

  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.40]
  2. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 30]
    [comments: Publ. p. 30, no. 42]

Other Notes

The restricted colour range, and the difficulty of knowing whether a fess or a fess cotised was intended, prevents a secure identification of the arms.

Accession Number

C.48-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 47461; Input Date: 2002-05-08 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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