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Bowl: C.12-1979

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Production: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and turquoise under a colourless glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue and turquoise under a colourless glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with a plain rim, sits on a tall, cylindrical foot ring.
Interior: on the body a frieze of almond shaped medallions, containing rosettes and spiralling tadpole leaves reserved in turquoise, and flower pots containing symmetrical flower arrangements. On the base a central rosette with radiating tadpole leaves painted in a spiral and reserved in blue.
Exterior: on the body, painted in blue, a frieze of large flowers, spiralling stems and leaves is painted above a band of angular, slanted leaves. On the foot stylised meandering scrollwork is reserved in blue. The base is glazed except for the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Formerly on loan, now given in memory, from the collection of Lt. Col. The Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C.

Legal notes

Given anonymously

Measurements and weight

Height: 15 cm
Weight: 1234 g
Width: 27.8 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Iznik ⪼ Anatolia ⪼ Turkey

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given anonymously (1905-06-01) by Boscawen, M.T., Lt Col the Hon, DSO, MC


Early 16th Century
Circa 1530 CE - Circa 1535 CE


Potter’s style

School or Style


Components of the work

Base Diameter 11 cm
Rim Diameter 27.8 cm

Materials used in production

blue (cobalt), turquoise Pigment
colourless, except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue and turquoise under a colourless glaze
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: Boscawen Loan, 1946 (black), 22 (red)
  • Location: Inside foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.12-1979
Primary reference Number: 71601
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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