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Bottle: C.149-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a turquoise glaze painted in blue and red and gilded

Buff fritware, moulded, coated in a turquoise glaze painted in the glaze in blue and over the glaze in red and blue and leaf gilding.
Shape: flaring rim on an inverted pear shaped neck sitting on a collar that descends onto a bulbous body with slight carination, all on a wide low foot ring.
Exterior: all over the body designs are outlined in red with gilding and blue dots and lines. Similar designs are painted on the neck and body, both of which incorporate horizontal calligraphic bands, framed by concentric lines, delimiting broad friezes of vertical arabesques including flower heads. Turquoise glaze runs over the lower body onto the foot ring.
Interior: on the rim further red paint and gilding are visible. Glaze covers rim and runs over the upper neck


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.3 cm
Weight: 1046 g
Width: 19 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1180 CE - 1219 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of gold leaf ( gilding on restricted areas) pigment ( red (overglaze), blue (possibly in and over glaze)) glaze ( turquoise, runs over the lower body onto the foot ring)
Interior Rim composed of painting overglaze ( red)
Interior composed of glaze ( turquoise, covers rim and runs over the upper neck)
Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 3.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff fritware, moulded, coated in a turquoise glaze painted in the glaze in blue and over the glaze in red and blue and leaf gilding

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.149-1935
Primary reference Number: 72084
Old number: BP.31
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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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