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Unknown probably (pottery)
Earthenware, the interior is lead-glazed olive-green; the exterior is tin-glazed pale beige. Painted in dark blue, olive-green, yellowish-brown and manganese-brown. Approximately 20, lacking the handle, neck, and shoulder which have been broken off, leaving an irregular edge. The front is decorated with a shield charged with the arms gules (shown manganese-brown) two swords in saltire the points in chief, a rosette vert above.
Orvieto (pottery) (place) ()
Umbria (pottery) (region)
Italy (pottery) (country)
earthenware; the interior is lead-glazed olive-green, the exterior is tin-glazed pale beige; painted in dark blue, olive-green, yellowish-brown and manganese-brown.
height: (whole): 21.8
late 14th Century
circa 1375 to 1450
Given by R.C. Bosanquet
This jug came to the Fitzwilliam in a crate of sherds accompanied by a note stating that they were `Mostly bought at Orvieto, some pieces,/(marked P at back) from Perugia./The Orvieto pieces, with a few exceptions,/were found in excavating the foundations for houses near the Cathedral./Presented by R.C. Bosanquet M.A./1904/ Also a squat jug (Caffaggiolo ware?) with blue and orange decoration: another/jug with escutcheon: & a fruit dish/(Urbino ware?: all three from the same find.' The last sentence is ambiguous, but as the `escutcheon' on this jug can be seen (with the ground of the shield shown gules) in a fresco of The Virgin with St Sebastian in a niche in the south wall of the nave of the Duomo at Orvieto, there seems little reason to doubt that the find site was in or near Orvieto. The presence of cobalt blue in the arms indicates a date after about 1370.
C.8-1904 (Applied Arts)