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Bowl: C.169-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, incised, pierced and splashed with blue under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with incised and pierced decoration under splashes of blue and a slightly crazed clear glaze.
Shape: Cono-segmental bowl, finely potted with foot ring and slightly everted rim which displays indentations at four irregular intervals, possibly from the manufacturing process.
Interior: At a mid point on the body a frieze of incised abstract palmettes and scrolling vegetation is delimited, above and below by a pair of concentric lines. This frieze is also dotted with small piercings in no particular pattern. Four radiating blue lines, at roughly regular intervals, are splashed onto the body under the glaze.
Exterior: Body is pierced from the exterior surface leaving a lumpy appearance to the surface. Dots of blue paint are present at irregular intervals. The clear glaze extends down at least three quarters of the upper body.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.7 cm
Weight: 335 g
Width: 20.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century-13th Century
Circa 1100 CE - 1299 CE

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Components of the work

Body composed of pigment ( blue)
Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( transparent)
Interior composed of glaze ( transparent)
Rim Diameter 20.2 cm
Base Diameter 7.3 cm
Interior Upper Body
Upper Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with incised and pierced decoration under splashes of blue and a slightly crazed clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge, small section ripped away on left hand edge

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) 108 (hand written in black); "76 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Inside foot
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.169-1935
Primary reference Number: 72462
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.108
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 June 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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