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Bowl: C.137-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware pierced and coated with a blue glaze, painted with red, brown and white and gilded.

Fritware, wheel thrown, pierced and coated in a blue glaze painted with red and white and gilded.
Shape: bi-conical bowl with a collar on the exterior of the rim and sitting on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: on the rim a band of vertical lines and diamonds form a pseudo-calligraphic frieze, delimited by a concentric line. On the body, heart shaped cartouche with pendant finials are joined by arches to fleurs de lis, the centre of both of these shapes are pierced, forming a circular shape. On the base emanating from a four part rosette, further arches form oval shapes at their crossing points and enclose further, smaller rosettes. All decoration is gilded with red outlines and is surrounded by white scrolls; on the rim the remanants of a brown background are visible.
Exterior: piercing from the interior is visible, otherwise undecorated except for a blue glaze that covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring and small areas on the lower body.

Legal notes

Purchased from the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 cm
Weight: 351 g
Width: 20 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue, covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring and small areas on the lower body.)
Interior composed of glaze ( blue) pigment ( red, brown, white) gold leaf
Rim Diameter 20 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, pierced and coated in a blue glaze painted with red and white and gilded.

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: “Lent by” (printed in black); below this “Brangwyn” (typed in black); below this the number ‘65’ (hand written in black ink), ‘112’ (hand written in pencil and crossed through on the right hand side).
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written, typed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.137-1935
Primary reference Number: 71884
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD-59
Old number: BP.65
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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