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Tile: C.22-1911

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in polychrome under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made, painted in blue, turquoise, olive green, purple and black under a colourless glaze
Shape: roughly square tile with bevelled edges.
Upper surface: all decoration is reserved in blue. Painted on the right hand side, a white tulip with purple dots and purple bunch of grapes on a stem alongside green vine leaves. On the left hand side, turquoise ‘V’ shaped leafy tendrils, containing stylised prunus branches; converge on a festooned mandorla containing a floral spray reserved in green.
Underside: undecorated


History note: Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie's, 16th-17th March 1911, Lot 145; T.H.Riches

Legal notes

Given by T.H. Riches

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.8 cm
Height: 27 cm
Weight: 2791 g
Width: 27 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911) by Riches, Thomas Henry


Late 16th Century
1560 CE - 1700 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise, olive green, purple and black) glaze ( colourless)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware covered with white slip and painted in cobalt-blue, green, turquoise, manganese with black outlilnes

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge on all but the upper side

  • Text: 146/2 (hand written in pencil), printed with a red line
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Hand written, printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22-1911
Primary reference Number: 17529
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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