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Cup: C.130-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with slip decoration coated in white glaze painted in grey, red and turquoise and gilded

Fritware, wheel thrown, with piped slip designs, coated in an opaque white glaze painted in the glaze in bluish grey and turquoise and over the glaze in red and leaf gilded.
Shape: finely potted with a bulbous pear shaped body and plain rim on a low foot ring; a strap handle is attached to the rim and a mid-point on the body.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a concentric band of bluish grey. On the neck, a guilloche pattern is painted in lustre on areas of raised slip which are outlined in red. On the body, a complex pattern of arabesques comprising greyish blue palmettes and gold tendrils, on raised areas of slip, both outlined in red. On the lower body, small birds are painted in lustre on raised areas of slip also outlined in red. The glaze runs unevenly over the foot ring where it is coloured turquoise.
Interior: bluish grey band on the rim continues on interior, along with the opaque white glaze on the body and the turquoise colouring on the base.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
Weight: 289 g
Width: 11.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late-13th Century, Early#
Circa 1180 - 1219

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blueish grey (in glaze), red (over glaze)) glaze ( cream, crazed) gold leaf ( gilding on small areas) slip ( piped)
Interior composed of glaze ( cream, crazed)
Base Diameter 5.8 cm
Rim Diameter 7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, with piped slip designs, coated in an opaque white glaze painted in the glaze in bluish grey and over the glaze in red and leaf gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on vessel surface

  • Text: 154
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.130-1935
Primary reference Number: 71761
Old object number: 154/104
Old number: BP.154
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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