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Bowl: C.175-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white slip painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip painted in blue with black outlines under a colourless glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with tall cylindrical sides, terminating in a lightly bracketed rim, sits on a low foot ring.
Interior: on the lower body a frieze of bracketed arcades are filled with a flower and scrolling leaves. In the roundel a qilin stands on a hillock, reserved in blue on a background of lotus flowers and leaves. Glaze covers the surface unevenly on one section of the lower body.
Exterior: on the lower body a frieze with bracketed upper section contains storks amongst flowering lotus pants and cloud scrolls, all reserved in blue. Black concentric lines painted on the foot ring. Black seal mark painted in black on the underside of the foot ring. Glaze covers the surface, unevenly in places, except on the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.4 cm
Weight: 3426 cm
Width: 38.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mashad ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1699 CE

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Exterior Lower Body composed of pigment ( black, blue)
Interior Lower Body composed of pigment ( black, blue)
Exterior Foot composed of pigment ( black)
Base Diameter 14.8 cm
Rim Diameter 38.5 cm
Exterior Base

Materials used in production

colourless Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip painted in blue with black outlines under a colourless glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted under the glaze

  • Text: seal mark
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.175-1935
Primary reference Number: 72561
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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