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Bowl: C.126-1991

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Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Pottery)


Late Medieval maiolica bowl, painted in black and green with, on the inside, a roundel divided into eight sections.

Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-beige on both sides; base unglazed. Painted in black and copper-green.
Shape 24. Circular with narrow rim, carinated sides and narrow foot.
Inside, within a black-edged green circle, there is a roundel divided into eight sections containing alternately cross-hatching and a green leaf; on the rim, alternating groups of black and green radiating strokes; and on the outside, reversed S hooks between green horizontal bands edged with black.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 108; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.4 cm
Height: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


13th Century
14th Century
Late Medieval
Circa 1275 CE - Circa 1375 CE


A similar central motif also occurs on a two-handled carinated cup in the Bargello, Florence, and in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Orvieto (MIBAC 10/00148834)

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( black and copper-green) Foot: Diameter 5.1 cm

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with a green stripe at the bottom

  • Text: ORVIETO/14.15 cent/5868 C/E/-
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Label

Inscription present: circular with blue edge

  • Text: `WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, `O./3.' inscribed in ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in ink
  • Label

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 108/25
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.126-1991
Primary reference Number: 47971
Packing number: EURCER 485
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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