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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    late 14th century or early 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 36, shelf 2

Physical description

Cup, tin-glazed earthenware, with a cylindrical body and a small foot and a loop handle. The cup has been restored and it would have had another loop handle. Buff earthenware painted with an image of the Agnus Dei in the bowl in green and brown.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


late 14th century or early 15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 5 cm, Diameter: 10 cm

Object history note

Dug up in Florence.
Purchase price note: 1229 to 1284 bought for £21 6s 4d.

At time of acquisition was thought to be 14th century. Subsequent dating was about 1400 and then late 14th to early 15th century.

Historical context note

A two-handled cup of the same shape with a somewhat similar rendering of the Agnus Dei was found at Orvieto and is pictured in Bode, Anfänge, p.2.
Other, similarly painted, two handled small bowls have been found in Orvieto (La ceramica orvietano).

Descriptive line

Buff earthenware covered with a thin tin glaze and painted in copper green and manganese brown. Said to have been found in Florence. Italian, possibly Florence, late 14th or early 15th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rackham, Bernard, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2nd edition, 1977
Bode, Wilhelm, Anfänge der Majolikakunst in Toskana, Berlin, 1911
La ceramica orvietano del medioevo, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Castello Sforzesco, 1983

Labels and date

Made in Italy
Tin-glazed earthenware

1253-1901 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Found in Florence and probably made there


Tin glaze; Earthenware


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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