Skip to main content

Bowl: C.142-1935

An image of Bowl

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in an opaque cream glaze painted in blue, purple, black and red and with leaf gilding

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated with an opaque cream glaze, slightly crazed painted in the glaze in blue and purple and over the glaze in black and red and leaf gilding.
Shape: bi-conical bowl with plain rim and a wide, low foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted blue above a blue and red pseudo-calligraphic band. On the body a frieze of seated figures, in slightly different positions, alternately wear either blue robes with red shoes, or purple robes with blue shoes. Both sets of figures are outlined in black, with black hair and gold leaf arm bands. On the base, enclosed within a red concentric band outlined in black, a mounted horseman is depicted. The horse has a purple mottled coat, white face, blue hooves, a black tail and mane; while the black haired rider wears a blue jacket and brown boots. Both horse and rider are outlined in black with gold leaf embellishing the arm bands and bridle.
Exterior: the rim is painted in blue, while at a mid point on the body a band of calligraphy is faintly painted in black. The glaze runs to a mid point on the foot ring


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.8 cm
Weight: 451 g
Width: 21.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1180 CE - 1219 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue (in-glaze), black (over glaze)) glaze ( cream, slightly crazed)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, purple (in-glaze), black, red (over glaze)) glaze ( cream, slightly crazed) gold leaf ( gilding in selected areas)
Rim Diameter 21.6 cm
Base Diameter 8.6 cm
Exterior Rim
Exterior Upper Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated with an opaque cream glaze, slightly crazed painted in the glaze in blue and purple and over the glaze in black and red and leaf gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: at a mid point on the body band of calligraphy is painted in faint black

  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in faint black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label adhered to exterior base with serrated edge on the bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "99" (hand written in black); "117 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written in black ink directly onto vessel base

  • Text: 99
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.142-1935
Primary reference Number: 71978
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.99
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Bowl" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-14 13:33:27

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Bowl |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-14 13:33:27|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Bowl</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: C.31-2013

Wooden Bowl

Accession Number: E.277.1932


Accession Number: O.5-2017


Accession Number: E.132.1903

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...