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Bowl: C.176-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted in lustre and coloured with blue on the base.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly convex body, sits on a low foot ring.
Interior: radiating from a central triangle, with a chequer board pattern, three arabesques are painted on the body where they alternate with medallions containing seated figures.
Exterior: rim is painted with a lustre band above a frieze of pseudo-calligraphy. White glaze covers the body and runs unevenly onto the foot ring, where it is splashed with blue. A band of blue pigment is painted on the rim of the foot ring and blue glaze covers the underside.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7 cm
Weight: 197 g
Width: 17.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1199 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Foot Ring composed of glaze ( blue pigment is painted on the rim of the foot ring and glaze is coloured blue on the underside)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( white)
Interior composed of glaze ( white)
Rim Diameter 17.5 cm
Base Diameter 6.7 cm

Materials used in production

lustre (except exterior foot ring) Oxide colours

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted in lustre and coloured with blue on the base
Painting overglaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: “Lent by” (printed), “Brangwyn” (typed), "102" (hand written in black), "97" (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.176-1935
Primary reference Number: 72578
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.102
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 August 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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