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Bowl: C.2-1971

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware decorated with slip, painted in black with a turquoise glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, relief decoration created with slip, painted in black and blue under a transparent turquoise glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim, sits on a narrow foot ring
Interior: rim is painted with a dentilated pattern in black and blue. On the body a bird, possibly a bustard, flies amongst lotus type flowers and trefoil leaves, all outlined in black and dotted with black or blue. These leaves and flowers are also defined using slip to create a raised surface.
Exterior: black lines radiate from the base towards a pair of concentric lines just below the rim, creating a stylised lotus petal design. The glaze runs over the vessel surface ending on the lower body.


History note: Given by Lady Lee

Legal notes

Given by Lady Lee in memory of her husband, Sir Frank Lee

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.7 cm
Weight: 416 g
Width: 19.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1971-07-22) by Lee, Lady


14th Century-15th Century#
Circa 1300 CE - 1499 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) slip ( in discrete areas, creating relief surface on the interior) glaze ( transparent turquoise)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( transparent, turquoise, runs over the vessel surface ending on the lower body)
Rim Diameter 19.9 cm
Base Diameter 6.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, relief decoration created with slip, painted in black and blue under a transparent turquoise glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1971
Primary reference Number: 73212
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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