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Bowl: C.51-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware decorated with slip under a white glaze painted with four colours and gilded

Fritware, wheel thrown, with slip decoration under a white glaze painted in blue, turquoise, black, red and gilded.
Shape: carinated bowl with a collared rim, sits on a flaring foot ring
Interior: the rim covered with a gilt band above a blue concentric line. On the neck a frieze comprises medallions, enclosing turquoise half palmettes reserved in black, which alternate with opposing birds perched on half palmettes, painted in blue, red or white and reserved in blue or red. Slip and gilding is used to enclose this frieze. On the body zig zag lines are painted in blue red and turquoise. In the roundel, a honey comb pattern is formed from red, blue and turquoise triangles, which enclose birds formed from slip, outlined in red and gilded.
Exterior: on the rim black palmettes are reserved on a turquoise ground. On the body turquoise birds painted on a red ground are interspersed with blue rosettes and spandrels and turquoise tear drop cartouche. Glaze runs over the foot ring where it terminates unevenly.

Legal notes

Accepted by HM Government under the Cultural Gifts Scheme from the Ades Family and allocated to the Fitzwilliam, 2019

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.8 cm
Weight: 488 g
Width: 21.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2019-07-01) 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 pigment ( blue, turquoise, black and red) gold leaf ( in small areas) slip ( to create relief decoration) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise, black and red) glaze ( white, runs over the foot ring where it terminates unevenly)
Rim Diameter 21.9 cm
Base Diameter 8.5 cm

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, with slip decoration under a white glaze painted in blue, turquoise, black, red and gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white rectangular paper label

  • Text: 56
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white oval label

  • Text: 'ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOCY. EXHIBN/ 19' (printed in black), ‘35’ and ‘50’ (after the printed 19..)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: black paper label

  • Text: 96
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51-2019
Primary reference Number: 71095
Previous ID: AL.79-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022 Last processed: Thursday 17 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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