Skip to main content

Two-handled bowl: C.309-1991

An image of Two-handled bowl

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware two-handled bowl, painted in blue with a putto sitting on a large ball, holding a drawing.

Yellowish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for an irregular area on the base, and painted in two shades of the same blue. Circular with deep curved sides and everted rim, and two small horizontal handles made of rolls of clay, each with two thumbprints on the underside. In the middle within two concentric circles, a putto holding a drawing sits in profile to the right on a large ball, and rests his left foot on a smaller ball. On each side of him there is a plant in a pot and below, a row of tiles in alternate shades of blue. On the sides there are stylised plants radiating inwards from the rim, which is decorated with slanting blue dashes. The exterior is inscribed '16 W T M 74' in blue.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm
Width: 35.2 cm

Relative size of this object

35.2 cm9.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


17th Century
Production date: daed AD 1674 : dated


This shape is most unusual in English delftware but elements of its decoration indicate that it was probably made at Brislington

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Yellowish-buff earthenware, the bowl thrownh, tin-glazed overall except for an irregular area on the base, and painted in two shades of the same blue.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 16 W T M 74
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 534
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.309-1991
Primary reference Number: 74371
Packing number: EURCER 92
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Two-handled bowl" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-02-01 06:41:28

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Two-handled bowl |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-02-01 06:41:28|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Two-handled bowl"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Two-handled bowl</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Two-handled bowl

Accession Number: C.92-1991

Two-handled bowl

Accession Number: C.137-1991

Two-handled bowl

Accession Number: C.2135-1928


Accession Number: MAR.C.70-1912

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...