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Bowl: C.3-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in grey slip, painted in blue, black and white slip under a clear glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a grey slip on the interior, painted in white slip coloured with black and blue pigment under a clear, crazed glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with a plain rim on a narrow foot ring
Interior: rim is painted black; otherwise all decoration is painted in white slip with a black outline and detail. On the neck, a frieze of dotted circles and leaves is enclosed above and below by concentric bands with a spot of blue in one area. On the body, a ‘Y’ shaped radiating pattern of leaves and dotted circles is barely discernable amongst a ground of three lotus flowers, further scrolling leaves, black lines and dots. Glaze pools slightly in the base.
Exterior: black paint continues on the rim, while on the body a frieze of blue and black dots and black vertical or diagonal lines is enclosed above and below by thin black concentric lines. On the lower body, a pair of thick black concentric lines delineates decoration. Glaze runs over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring.


History note: Arnold John Hugh Smith bequest

Legal notes

Bequeathed by A.J. Hugh Smith through the National Art-Collections Fund, 1964

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.2 cm
Weight: 233 g
Width: 15 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964-03-12) by Smith, Arnold John Hugh


13th Century, Late-14th Century
Circa 1275 CE - 1399 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed, runs over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, spot of blue) glaze ( clear, crazed, pools slightly in base) slip ( grey) slip ( white, results in raised surface)
Rim Diameter 14.8 cm
Base Diameter 4.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a grey slip on the interior and painted in white slip with and black and blue pigment under a clear, crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-1964
Primary reference Number: 74478
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 31 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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