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Unknown (pottery)


H.S. Reitlinger


tin-glazed earthenware




maiolica arcaica


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

Pale buff earthenware. The handle, rim, spout and neck on one side are restored in buff fabric. The rest is reconstructed from several pieces, with an area of restoration at the front. The edge of the base is chipped all round. Painted underglaze in dark manganese-black and copper-green. Shape 19. Piriform with disk base, short neck flaring towards the trilobate mouth; loop handle of D section with slight longtitudinal depression. On the front is a green-outlined shield charged with a cinquefoil vert. A dribble of green has been dropped on the rim.

Production Place

Orvieto (pottery) (city)

Umbria (pottery) (region)

Italy (pottery) (country)

Technique Description

pale buff earthenware; the handle, rim, spout and neck on one side are restored in buff fabric, the rest is reconstructed from several pieces, with an area of restoration at the front; the edge of the base is chipped all round; painted underglaze in dark manganese-black and copper-green.


height: (whole): 16.0 cm
diameter: (base): 9.3 cm
diameter: (body): 11.6 cm
width: (front to handle): 13.9 cm


14th Century


circa 1300 to 1400


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 79G (2 ?). William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, part of lot 104; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950


  1. inscription
    Position: on base
    Method: in pencil
    Content: 79G/4
  2. label
    Method: printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
    Content: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'O/62' in blue-black ink
    Description: circular with blue border
  3. label
    Method: inscribed in pencil
    Content: 104/20
    Description: brown tie-on label


  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.62]
  2. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: pp. 46-7]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 46-7, no. 67]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.57-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 47528; Input Date: 2002-05-10 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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