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Bottle: C.139-1935

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Fritware painted in lustre over a glaze coloured with blue

Fritware, moulded, painted in lustre on a transparent glaze coloured with blue.
Shape: pear-shaped bottle on a low foot ring with an elongated cylindrical neck.
Exterior: on the neck floral sprays above a frieze of vertical dashes and lines. On the body, peacocks are painted within a landscape of cypress trees, floral spays and a pagoda; a rectangle with attached curving lines may represent a stylised river. Blue colouration of glaze runs unevenly onto the exterior foot ring but on the underside the glaze is transparent. Scar marks on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Interior: rim is coloured blue and the glaze runs over the interior surface that is visible.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.5 cm
Weight: 715 g
Width: 14.7 cm

Relative size of this object

14.7 cm26.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1699 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, colouring glaze) oxide colours ( lustre) Rim Diameter 2.3 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

Fritware Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, moulded, painted in lustre on a transparent glaze coloured with blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around all but left hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '28' hand written in black, '114' hand written in pencil
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.139-1935
Primary reference Number: 71910
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.28
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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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