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Seated Official: C.595-1991

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Seated Official






Figure of a seated official. Stoneware, moulded, cream glazed, painted in brown and tan, and painted in underglazed iron. Hollow. The official leans backwards and sits with his legs apart. His left hand rests on his knee and his right hand holds the belt across his stomach. His dark-brown shoes peep out from under his cream gown, the edge of which is decorated with brown borders. A brown and tan motif is on his stomach and shoulders. He wears a brown official hat and tassels, beard and moustache. The back lower half of the figure and the foot are unglazed.


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

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.8 cm
Height: 22.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th/16th Century
Circa 1400 - 1600

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Techniques used in production

Moulding : Stoneware, moulded, cream glazed, painted in brown and tan, painted in underglazed iron
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: faded

  • Text: 150
  • Location: Round rear of base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 103
  • Location: To inner front
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.595-1991
Primary reference Number: 21067
Old object number: CHIWA/850
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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