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Tile: C.564-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown (Uncertain)




Earthenware decorated with coloured glazes separated by a black slip, gilded

Calcareous earthenware, mould made, with designs outlined with black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise pitted glaze and red-brown slip, decorated with small areas of gilding
Shape: pentagonal tile with slightly bevelled edges
Upper side: colours are separated by a thin black line of slip. A turquoise border frames a white palmette overlying a central gilded polychrome rosette and pendant turquoise buds, all reserved in blue.
Under side: undecorated but with patches of plaster


History note: Uncertain 'From the tomb of the Grand-daughter of Tamerland A.D. 1445 see B. Museum'. 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 cm
Diameter: 15 cm
Weight: 336 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 14th Century - mid 15th century
Circa 1375 CE - 1450 CE

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Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of slip ( black) glaze ( blue, turquoise, white, pitted) gold leaf ( in discreet areas) slip ( red-brown)

Materials used in production

buff-coloured Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Calcareous earthenware, with designs outlined with black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise pitted glaze and red-brown slip, decorated with small areas of gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular label

  • Text: '100' (printed) '/ 16' (pencil)
  • Location: Adhered to the upper surface, close to edge
  • Method of creation: Printed and handwritten
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.564-1991
Primary reference Number: 17548
Packing number: ISCER 984
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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