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Bowl: C.165-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear crazed, pitted glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl, plain rim and slightly splayed foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted with a blue dentilated pattern. The body is divided into panels by six black radiating wedges, with blue edging and containing an Arabic inscription (cursive) painted in reserve. Each panel contains a repeating linear pattern comprising groups of four black dots.
Exterior: decoration is painted in black with a concentric band on the rim and a frieze comprising a scrolling water weed pattern on the upper body. Glaze runs unevenly over the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Width: 19.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 - 1220

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear, crazed and pitted; runs unevenly over the foot ring)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, crazed and pitted)
Rim Diameter 19.8 cm
Base Diameter 7.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear crazed, pitted glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: radiating pattern comprising six black vertical wedges, with blue edging and containing an inscription painted in reserve

  • Location: Interior
  • Method of creation: Painted in reserve
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around top and right hand edge

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "118" (hand written in black); "44 " (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: pink rectangular label with serrated edge

  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Hand written, printed and stamped
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.165-1935
Primary reference Number: 72391
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.118
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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