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Beaker (drinking vessel): C.413-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Pinkish fritware with carved decoration under a blue glaze

Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown with carved fluting a blue opaque glaze.
Shape: Beaker finely potted with a plain rim and slightly flaring straight sides descending via a carination onto a low foot ring base; wheel thrown.
Interior: undecorated except for a blue opaque glaze which covers the upper interior evenly but runs unevenly over the lower surface.
Exterior: Carved decoration in the form of vertical ‘tongue’ shaped flutes which run over the length of the vessel body. Above these flutes a pair of concentric lines has been carved leaving a collar protruding from the surface of the neck. A carved line immediately below the fluting defines their limit. A blue opaque glaze covers the vessel surface except the foot ring base.


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: 11.6 cm
Weight: 210 g
Width: 10.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue)
Interior composed of glaze ( blue)
Rim Diameter 10.7 cm
Base Diameter 6.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown, with carved fluting under a blue opaque glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 314
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in indelible pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: α.84.17
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil onto vessel surface
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.413-1991
Primary reference Number: 29171
Packing number: ISCER 552
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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