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Jar: C.112-1935

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a blue glaze

Pinkish fritware, probably mould made with decoration in relief, coated in a blue glaze.
Shape: cylindrical jar, tapering slightly towards a foot ring base and carinated at the shoulder. Angled cylindrical neck and bead rim.
Exterior: on the body a band of moulded decoration is dominated by floriated kufic style script. A narrow horizontal band of scrolling vegetation is just below the carination. Glaze runs over the foot ring unevenly, terminating in droplets.
Interior: glaze terminates on the neck, otherwise undecorated.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.6 cm
Weight: 794 g
Width: 14.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 12th century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1199 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Glaze composed of glaze ( blue, running over the foot ring unevenly and terminating in droplets)
Interior composed of glaze ( blue, terminating on the interior of the neck)
Base Diameter 10.2 cm
Rim Diameter 9 cm
Exterior Body

Materials used in production

pinkish Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pinkish fritware, probably mould made with decoration in relief, coated in a blue glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge with a black rectangular border printed around the edge

  • Text: within the border “Lent by” (printed in black); below this “Brangwyn” (typed in black); below this the number ‘53’ (hand written in black ink), ‘87’ (hand written in pencil, crossed through on the right hand side).
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written in pencil

  • Text: possibly ‘53’
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.112-1935
Primary reference Number: 71380
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD.59
Old number: BP.53
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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