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Jug: C.43-1931

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 4, shelf C


Pottery: Cafaggiolo Workshop




Renaissance, maiolica jug, painted in gold lustre with a scale pattern, trellis diaper, diagonal strokes and horizontal bands.

Pale yellowish buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in gold lustre, appearing red in some areas.
Pear-shaped, standing on a low foot, the short neck expanding slightly towards the rim which is pinched at the front to form a lip; roll handle with thumbprints at its upper and lower ends.
On the front, there is a wide panel of scale pattern flanked by narrower panels of trellis diaper; below, a wide zone of lustre and a row of diagonal strokes between narrow horizontal bands, and on the neck, elongated oval motifs between narrow horizontal bands. The rim, edge of the foot, and outside of the handle are lustred. Inside the neck is an `A'. Below the handle is the mark SP in monogram with a stroke through the tail of the P.


History note: Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd., London.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.3 cm
Width: 11 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Cafaggiolo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931-10-18) by Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd.


Early 16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1520 CE


Made in the workshop founded by Piero and Stefano di Filippo di Dimitri Schiavone from Montelupo in 1498

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of reduced pigment lustre ( gold lustre)
Foot Diameter 8 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: SP with a paraph through the tail of the P

  • Text: SP
  • Location: Below the handle
  • Method of creation: In monogram
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1931
Primary reference Number: 48334
Glaisher Additions number: C.34-1931
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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