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Bowl: C.34-1931

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Fritware painted in three colours under a white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, turquoise and black under a transparent white glaze.
Shape: deep, carinated bowl with ‘T’ shaped rim, sits on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: on the rim, a band of blue dots is framed by blue or black concentric lines. On the body lobbed arches contain a central tear drop cartouche, both these elements and the spandrels are filled with blue or purple curled leaves. Rectangular panels containing blue and black dots and dashes separate these arches. In the roundel a deer is reserved in blue on a background of further coloured leaves. Splashes of turquoise paint in the rim and body.
Exterior: the rim is painted with dark blue above a band of curled leaves on the neck. On the body dots and vertical lines are enclosed on the lower body by concentric bands. Glaze covers the surface to the foot ring, with a thin covering on the underside.


History note: Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by Louis C.G. Clark, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.6 cm
Width: 27 cm

Relative size of this object

27 cm13.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1931-06-05) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Mid 13th-mid 14th Century
Circa 1260 CE - Circa 1350 CE

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Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black, turquoise) glaze ( white, transparent) Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( white, transparent, covers the surface to the foot ring, with a thin covering on the underside) Base Diameter 10.2 cm
Rim Diameter 27 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, turquoise and black under a transparent white glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with black printed border and corners cut away

  • Text: ‘No.’ (printed in black), ‘1215’ (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34-1931
Primary reference Number: 74606
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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