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Bowl: C.35-1911

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




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

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip on which decoration is outlined in black and coloured in blue (unless otherwise stated) under a clear glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with a plain rim stands on a foot ring.
Interior: below the blue rim a concentric frieze of petals and tree trunks are painted. On the body a frieze of flower heads are depicted on a background of scrolling vegetation. Within a roundel defined by a concentric band of ‘S’ shapes, a floral spray sprouts from a mound alongside further scrolling vegetation. Slight defect in the glaze on the roundel.
Exterior: blue paint continues on the rim below which two friezes, similar to those on the interior body, are painted. On the lower body, a concentric blue band and on the foot ring two blue concentric lines are painted. Glaze runs over the surface unevenly onto the exterior foot ring and also covers the underside of the base.


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 122

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.7 cm
Weight: 541 g
Width: 22.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th century
Circa 1800 - Circa 1899

School or Style

Art School production

Components of the work

Rim Diameter 22.6 cm
Base Diameter 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

black, blue Pigment
clear Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip on which decoration is outlined in black and coloured in blue (unless otherwise stated) under a clear glaze.
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square label, serrated on the sides and lower edge

  • Text: printed with a red line, 122/3 (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.35-1911
Primary reference Number: 74638
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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