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Unknown probably (pottery)


tin-glazed earthenware




Late Medieval


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.

Production Notes

maiolica arcaica

Production Place

Orvieto (pottery) (place) ()

Umbria (pottery) (region)

Italy (pottery) (country)

Technique Description

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 cm
diameter: (base): 9.7 cm
diameter: (widest part): 13.0 cm


late 14th Century
15th century


circa 1375 to 1450


given: Bosanquet, R.C. 1904 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Perhaps found during the excavation of foundations for houses near the Duomo in Orvieto; R. C. Bosanquet.

Given by R.C. Bosanquet


  1. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 48]
    [comments: Publ. p. 48, no. 70]
  2. Satolli, Alberto Le vecchie collezioni di ceramica orvietana medievale, [page: p. 7]
    Source title: Vasellari, Rivista di storia della tradizione ceramica (1997)
    [comments: Publ. p. 7]
  3. Riccetti, Luciano (2001) La ceramica medievale orvietana: la pista americana ed alcune precisazioni, Faenza [page: 5-67]
    Source title: Faenza (2001)
    [comments: Publ. pl. XVIa. See pp. 56-7 and pl. XVIb and XVIc for representations respectively of the arms Vittorio di Benedetto 'de Faseolis' camerario of the Opera del Duomo of Orvieto in 1488-1489, on a document, and of another member of the Fascioli family in a fresco in the Duomo.]
  4. Riccetti, Lucio (2010) 1909 Tra Collezionismo e Tutela, Connoisseur, antiquari e la ceramica medievale orvietana, Perugia: Regione Umbria [page: 416]
    [comments: Publ. p. 416, catalogue no. 6.8.8, not exhibited]

Other Notes

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.

Accession Number

C.8-1904 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 76150; Input Date: 2002-08-27 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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