jug; foot base disc; ribboned handle (a long handle is linked to the
neck and to the body of the jug at the point of its maximum width);
tribolate and flared collar; reconstructed from fragments and integrated
in shape and decoration. Overall glazing, both internally and
true of the dish described above, the decoration in a ‘parsley leaf’
motif on this jug is typical of the evolved ‘open form’ decoration,
which was to become more popular in the early years of the 16th century.
morphology was to become more common in local products, subjected to
decorative variations only in the second half of the century (cf. Berti
1997, p. 348, no. 69-70). On this jug one can see the surrounding
decoration, unflanked by other geometric bands, but delineated by
vertical threading behind the handle. These threads join up with the
manganese brown on the border of the foot and are coloured in copper
green. On the front one can, obviously, see the blue outlining of the
circular parsley leaf motif. Inside this circular area stands a tawny
furred lion with his tongue out, very similar to other heraldic
typologies depicting beasts. This figure is surrounded by a garland —
floral corolla — painted in orange and blue.
this jug one can also note the extent to which the artist had remained
tied to the earlier tradition, exemplified in many products from
Montelupese workshops, through his saturation of space and through his
uncertain depiction of the ground and sky.
mark — a sort of small “g” which can be seen at the bottom of the handle
— and the site of the finding, enable scholars to attribute this piece
to the late activities of Guido di Bartolomeo di Guido. This craftsman
had supposedly moved to Montelupo from the neighbouring town, Castello
di Capraia, at the end of the 15th century, and later sold a part of his
home, situated near the “Podesteria” in Montelupo for the benefit of the
local Court (cf. Berti 2001, p. 677
and p. 680). It was precisely on this strip of land, adjacent to the
current seat of the Museum, that this specific jug, along with numerous
other findings, were found (see cards 23, 24 and 27-30).
these finding have the same workshop mark.