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Tile: C.565-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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

Calcareous earthenware, with designs outlined in black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise pitted glaze and red brown slip, 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: 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
Height: 14.1 cm
Weight: 386 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of slip ( black, used to separate colours) glaze ( blue, turquoise, white) slip ( red-brown)
Decoration composed of gold leaf ( in discreet areas)

Materials used in production

buff-coloured Earthenware

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.565-1991
Primary reference Number: 17553
Packing number: ISCER 554
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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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