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Tile: C.123-1933

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in polychrome under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made, painted red slip, blue, emerald green and black under a colourless glaze. Framed in dark wood.
Shape: rectangular tile with lower edge cut away to form a semi-ovular shape, enclosed by a rectangular frame.
Upper surface: around the edge a polychrome split leaf palmette arabesque pattern, incorporating heart shaped medallions, is reserved in blue. On the main area of the tile a polychrome floral spray of carnation, tulip and rose are painted.
Lower surface: not visible.


History note: Purchased from Alfred Sperro, 12A Regent Street, London.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 3.4 cm
Height: 20 cm
Weight: 1788 g
Width: 30 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Iznik ⪼ Anatolia ⪼ Turkey

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933-07-28) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 16th Century
Circa 1565 CE - Circa 1575 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of glaze ( colurless) pigment ( red slip, blue, emerald green and black)
Frame composed of wood
Tile Height 16 cm Width 25.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, painted red slip, blue, emerald green and black under a colourless glaze. Framed in dark wood

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted on the upper and lower edges

  • Location: Frame
  • Method of creation: Painted in cream
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.123-1933
Primary reference Number: 17582
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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