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Bottle: C.54-1998

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, covered with a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, covered with a turquoise glaze
Shape: carinated cylindrical body with central ridge; descends onto a conical lower body and flared foot ring and ascends via an additional ridge onto a tubular, collared neck topped by a cup shaped mouth with everted rim.
Exterior: ridges are carved or incised into the surface, otherwise simply coated with a turquoise glaze, which runs over the body and terminates above or on the foot ring.
Interior: mouth is partially covered with glaze; a light covering is present on the remainder of the visible surface.


History note: Purportedly found in the Gurgan area; the father of Major Raymond Ades; Major Raymond Ades; Major Raymond Ades by whom lent to the Fitzwilliam in 1948; the Ades family

Legal notes

Given by the Ades family to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.5 cm
Weight: 989 g
Width: 18.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-11-23) by Ades Family


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1220 CE

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Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( turquoise, partially covering the mouth, a light covering visible on the remainder of the visible surface)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( turquoise, running over the body and terminating above or on the foot ring.)
Rim Diameter 8 cm
Base Diameter 9.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, covered with a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: ‘58’
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: small black rectangle with reserved white

  • Text: 5
  • Location: Stuck on side
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with red border, inscribed in black ink

  • Text: ‘Lent by/ R. Ades, 1948,/ No. 19’
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.54-1998
Primary reference Number: 28803
Old loan number: AL.19-1948
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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