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Jug: C.164-1991

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Renaissance maiolica jug, painted in blue and orange with, on the front, a 'ladder' frame surrounding rectangles, dots, stripes and strokes.

Pale buff earthenware. Covered inside and outside with unevenly applied and speckled beige tin-glaze; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue and orange. Squat globular body with disk base, expanding at the top into a wide mouth, deeply pinched at the front to form a spout; broad strap handle. On the front within an oval blue `ladder' frame are two rows of five crossed and dotted rectangles reserved in a broad horizontal orange stripe with vertical blue strokes above and below.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, probably lot 33; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.9 cm
Width: 11.3 cm

Relative size of this object

11.3 cm10.9 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Late 15th century
Early 16th Century
Circa 1480 CE - 1520 1520 CE


W.B. Honey in the catalogue of the Ridout Collection attributed this jug to Faenza, but the squat globular form was also common in Lazio and at Rome in the sixteenth century

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and orange) Base: Diameter 7.3 cm

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blueborder

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

Inscription present: rectangular

  • Text: 79
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.164-1991
Primary reference Number: 72375
Packing number: EURCER 437
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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