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Square bottle: C.36-1911

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33

Maker(s)

Potter: Unknown

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Description

Fritware coated in a white slip painted in four colours under a clear glaze

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white slip painted in black, blue, purple and turquoise under a clear glaze.
Shape: rectangular body narrowing via a carinated shoulder onto a cylindrical neck with flaring rim
Exterior: the rim and neck are painted with blue concentric bands. On the shoulder, rosettes and small pagoda are painted in blue with black outlines. On the body, decoration is painted in blue, purple and turquoise with back outlines, all framed by blue arches. On the larger sides, floral sprays are arranged in an arabesque style pattern, while on the shorter sides, male figures in Qajar dress are surrounded by floral sprays. Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body leaving small patches uncovered.
Interior: neck is glazed, remainder undecorated.

Notes

History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 131

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 28 cm
Weight: 1671 g
Width: 11.7 cm

Relative size of this object

11.7 cm28 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Qajar
Circa 1800 - Circa 1899

School or Style

Qajar

Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( black, blue, turquoise and purple) glaze ( colourless, Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body leaving small patches uncovered. Does not extend to the underside of the base) slip ( white)
Interior Neck composed of slip ( white) glaze
Base Diameter 10.8 cm
Rim Diameter 4.7 cm

Materials used in production

Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a white slip painted in black, blue, purple and turquoise under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edges on all but the lower edge

  • Text: ‘131/3’ (hand written in black), red printed line on upper edge
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label hand written in black

  • Text: ‘36/11’
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: inscribed directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: ‘131/3’
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.36-1911
Primary reference Number: 74673
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Audit data

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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