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Jug: C.408-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Buff fritware with turquoise glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, with crazed opaque turquoise opaque glaze.
Shape: Pear shaped small jug on a low foot ring and a trefoil mouth is joined to the body via a collared neck. A strap handle, with thumb rest at highest point, is attached to the mouth and vessel body.
Exterior: Lightly incised concentric line, on the mid-body. Opaque, crazed turquoise glaze covers the vessel body and partially covers the foot ring.
Interior: Only mouth visible, this is covered with an opaque turquoise glaze identical to that on the vessel exterior.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.7 cm
Weight: 191 g
Width: 8.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


12th-13th Century
Circa 1100 CE - 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( opaque turquoise, crazed)
Interior Mouth composed of glaze ( opaque, turquoise, crazed)
Rim Diameter 3.6 cm
Base Diameter 4.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with turquoise opaque glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular card tie on label with string attachment

  • Text: ISCER/558
  • Location: Attached to handle with string
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: adhesive oval circular paper label with a pair of gold bands around the exterior

  • Text: 99
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written black ink, deteriorating to purple
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: 99
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written black ink, deteriorating to purple
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.408-1991
Primary reference Number: 28922
Packing number: ISCER 588
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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