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Tile: C.24-1911

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in polychrome under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made, painted in blue, black green and turquoise under a colourless glaze
Shape: roughly square with slightly bevelled edges
Upper surface: all decoration is painted in polychrome. Occupying the centre of the tile, floral sprays incorporating lotus and stylised saz leaves are overlain with festooned mandorlas containing split leaf plamette arabseques. Echoing this decoration, along the left side a border, between lines of turquoise, a meandering, split palmette pattern is highlighted with turquoise and reserved in blue.
Underside: undecorated, thin layer of plaster adhered in patches.


History note: Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie's, 16th-17th March 1911, Lot 145. Sold as part of a lot to Riches for 8.5 guineas

Legal notes

Given by T. H. Riches

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.7 cm
Height: 29.8 cm
Weight: 3798 g
Width: 30 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by Riches, Thomas Henry


Late 16th Century
Circa 1560 CE - Circa 1580 CE


Syria, Damascus (called Turkish on old slip)

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff-coloured Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, painted in blue, black green and turquoise under a colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: red line (printed), 147/3 (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Hand written, printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: painted directly onto the surface, large

  • Text: 1
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1911
Primary reference Number: 17532
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Audit data

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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