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Bottle jar: C.620-1991

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Bottle jar. Buff stoneware, thrown, covered in white slip, and painted in iron-black with brown-iron wash, under a clear glaze. The truncated vase has high-rounded shoulders, with a small, cylindrical, unglazed neck and everted mouth rim. Its body tapers towards a flat base. The top and bottom of the jar are decorated in a brown glaze. The middle section has three bordered panels of scrolls and cross-hatching, which are painted in brown on a white slip. One panel depicts a man standing; the second panel is decorated with a lotus blossom; and the third panel depicts a seated cross-legged figure wearing robes. Each panel is within lobed reserves.


History note: Purchased from Puttick & Simpson, 2nd November 1923, for £7.0s.0d; Henry Scipio 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: 15.5 cm
Height: 20.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1500 - 1600

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white)
Wash composed of ferruginous wash

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, white slip, painted in iron black with brown-iron wash, under clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval, cream label, with gold rim

  • Text: 19
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.620-1991
Primary reference Number: 21091
Old object number: CHICER/846
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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