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Bottle: C.409-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Cream fritware, incised and moulded under a turquoise glaze

Cream fritware, moulded and possibly finished on a wheel, with incised and moulded decoration on body; under a highly crazed turquoise glaze.
Shape: bottle with wide lobbed mouth descending via a straight sided neck onto a spherical body which is seated on a low foot ring.
Exterior: Lobbed mouth is further defined by incising in the indents. A slight flange marks the joint between the mouth and neck; the neck is decorated with three concentric circles at the mid-point. The uppermost body is decorated with a pair of carved or moulded concentric lines separated by a bead pattern. The main body is gadrooned with three studs running in a vertical line on the raised areas. Turquoise opaque glaze coats the vessel surface to the lower body.
Interior: only the mouth and very upper sections of the neck are visible, these areas are coated with the same turquoise opaque glaze that is present 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

Diameter: 13.8 cm
Height: 20.9 cm
Weight: 518 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century
Circa 1100 CE - 1199 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze ( opaque turquoise)
Base Diameter 5.9 cm
Rim Diameter 6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream fritware incised, moulded and probably moulded then finished on the wheel, coated with an opaque turquoise glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular label with serrated edge

  • Text: 434/c
  • Location: Base exterior
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label label attached with white string

  • Text: ISCER/614
  • Location: Neck
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.409-1991
Primary reference Number: 28923
Packing number: ISCER 614
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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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