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  • Place of origin:

    Faenza (made)

  • Date:

    early 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case I1, shelf 3

Physical description

Trefoil mouth, fat belly contracting in a concave curve and spreading again at the foot. Loop handle. On the front is a posy of three flowers rudely painted in blue with purple outlines, in a wreath consisting of blue dots (berries) on the end of stalks.

Place of Origin

Faenza (made)


early 15th century (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 20.5 cm, Diameter: 12.5 cm

Object history note

Purchase: Henry Wallis Collection.
Purchase price note: C.901 to C.911-1936 bought for £60.

Historical context note

Rackham: Compare a jug from the wall of the church of the Osservanti, Imola. See Argnani, Rinascimento, where it is stated that many fragments of similar jugs were dug up on the site of the Casa Pirota, Faenza.

Descriptive line

Buff earthenware covered with a tin glaze and painted with flowers within a wreath. Italian (Faenza), early 15th century.

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

Rackham, Bernard, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2nd edition, 1977
Argnani, Federico, Il rinascimento delle ceramiche maiolicate in Faenza, Faenza, 1898
Conti G, and A. Alinari, Zaffera et simila nella maiolica italiana, Viterbo, 1992.
Revew Faenza, 1992, III, IV.
Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Labels and date

Made in Faenza, Italy Early 15th century
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.911-1936 Henry Wallis Collection [16/07/2008]
Jug, Faenza, about 1400-20 [2010 (ES)]




Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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