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Tile: C.420-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware painted in black under a turquoise glaze spotted with blue

Calcareous earthenware, mould made, painted in black under a transparent turquoise, slightly pitted glaze with spots of blue on the surface
Shape: hexagonal tile with straight sides
Upper surface: a black radiating geometric design of lozenges focusing on a six pointed star. The star and alternate lozenges contain a central dot, which is blue rather than black in two instances
Underside: undecorated


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transfered from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.6 cm
Diameter: 16 cm
Weight: 411 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century-15th Century#
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1499 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of pigment ( black, under the glaze) pigment ( blue spotted on glaze, possibly from another object in the kiln) glaze ( turquoise)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Calcareous earthenware, mould made, painted in black under a transparent turquoise, slightly pitted glaze with spots of blue on the surface

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: written directly onto the surface

  • Text: 15012
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: '100' printed in black and ' /16' written in pencil below
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.420-1991
Primary reference Number: 17519
Packing number: ISCER 548
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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