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Tile: C.23-1911

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in ploychrome under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made, painted in black, turquoise, green, blue and red slip under a colourless glaze
Upper surface: all decoration is outlined in black. Blue tulips adorned with white and red rosettes, heart shaped motifs and split leaf arabesques. Turquoise tulip stems and blue and turquoise split leaves scroll around the flower heads.
Exterior: undecorated but with remains of plaster adhering to the surface


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: 1.8 cm
Height: 33 cm
Weight: 3074 g
Width: 34.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Diyarbakir ⪼ Anatolia ⪼ Turkey

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, second half#
Circa 1550 CE - 1599 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise weak red, green and black) glaze ( colourless)
Frame composed of ebonized wood ( removed 17th May, 1982)
Upper Surface

Materials used in production

buff Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff fritware, the upper surface covered with a thin wash of white slip or opaque white glaze and painted in cobalt-blue, turquoise and pinkish-red with dark green outlines under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edges

  • Text: red line (printed), ‘142/3’ (pencil), C.23-1911 (pen, presumably added at a later date)
  • Location: Lower surface
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: painted directly onto the surface

  • Text: sketchy dotted Christmas tree shape comprised of triangles stacked one on the other
  • Location: Lower surface
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1911
Primary reference Number: 17568
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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