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Bowl: C.102-1935

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a clear, crazed glaze
Shape: cono-segmental bowl with slightly everted rim and low foot ring
Interior: on the rim a dentilated pattern is painted in black. Radiating from the base and occupying the body, a black ‘Maltese’ cross, painted with blue edging, contains Arabic inscriptions (cursive) in reserve. Four panels created by this cross contain, in their upper sections, a black lobbed medallion with cross hatched central lozenge and sprouting ‘V’ shapes containing peacock’s eyes painted on a blue background. These medallions are flanked by black ferns. On the base, within a pair of concentric lines, the narrowest sections of the panels contain black flowers highlighted with blue.
Exterior: all decoration is painted in black, with a concentric band on the rim and circular scrolls with outlined leaves on the body. On the foot ring, glaze runs unevenly over the surface and a clay adhesion indicates contact with another vessel in the kiln.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7 cm
Width: 17 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 - 1220

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear, crazed, glaze runs unevenly over the surface of foot ring)
Rim Diameter 17 cm
Base Diameter 6.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: radiating design with four vertical black wedges, with edges highlighted in blue and containing an inscription painted in reserve

  • Location: Interior body
  • Method of creation: Painted in reserve
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around top and right hand edge

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "162" (hand written in black); "62 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out); "52" (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.102-1935
Primary reference Number: 71182
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.162
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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