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Jug: C.166-1991

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Probably Unknown (Maker)


Renaissance maiolica jug, painted in blue and yellow with, on the front, a wavy cross with palmettes between the arms enclosed in a 'ladder' frame.

Pale buff earthenware, thrown. The interior is lead-glazed pale brownish-yellow, the exterior is tin-glazed cream and the base is unglazed. Painted in dark blue and dark yellow.
Ovoid with disk base, cylindrical neck expanding towards the carinated rim, which is pinched at the front to form a spout, and broad strap handle.
The front is decorated with a yellow wavy cross, with blue fan-shaped palmettes with dark yellow centres between the arms, enclosed by a circular blue `ladder' between yellow bands, from which blue stylised foliage and orange rays extend towards the back.


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

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm
Width: 12.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 15th century
Circa 1450 CE - 1500 CE


W.B. Honey attributed this jug to Faenza in 1934, but in the absence of evidence that it was excavated there, it seems equally likely that it came from Umbria or Lazio, where jugs with carinated rims were common. Crosses with fan-like palmettes between the arms were a common decorative motif on late fifteenth-century pottery from that area.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and dark yellow) Interior: composed of lead-glaze Exterior: composed of tin-glaze Base: Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: 'WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION' printed in blue, 'FA/5' in blue-black ink
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 288
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in indelible pencil
  • Label
  • Text: MP8/1613
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.166-1991
Primary reference Number: 72409
Packing number: EURCER 444
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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