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Tile: C.563-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware decorated with coloured with glazes that are separated by black slip, gilded

Calcareous earthenware, mould made, with designs outlined in black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise pitted glaze, with small areas of gilding.
Shape: double lozenge with straight edges
Upper surface: colours are separated by a thin black line of slip. A turquoise border frames a palmette arabesque with pendant buds, all painted in white and turquoise on a blue background. Elements of the white palmettes are also gilded.
Underside: undecorated, uneven with plaster adhered.


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

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.6 cm
Height: 16.2 cm
Length: 23 cm
Weight: 986 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century, Late-15th Century, Mid
Circa 1375 CE - Circa 1450 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of slip ( black) pigment ( blue, turquoise) glaze ( colourless, pitted) gold leaf ( in small areas, almost worn away)

Materials used in production

pinkish Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Calcareous earthenware, mould made, with designs outlined in black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise pitted glaze, with small areas of gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: long rectangular label with red upper border

  • Text: mtr:/12791/From the tomb of the Grand-Daughter of Tamerland A.D. 1445 see B. Museum/z-k
  • Location: Upper side, lower edge
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular label

  • Text: '100' printed and '/ 16' handwritten below
  • Location: Upper side, top edge
  • Method of creation: Printed and handwritten
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.563-1991
Primary reference Number: 17546
Packing number: ISCER 974
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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