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Bottle: C.42-1911

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Current Location: In storage






Fritware painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made painted in blue and with black outlines under a colourless glaze
Shape: rectangular body narrowing via a shoulder carination to a straight neck, silver mount over the neck with silver lid ending in a finial.
Exterior: on each face of the body, within a bracketed panel, two confronted cranes reserved in blue on a background of cloud scrolls and flower heads. On the shoulder a bracketed line below a frieze of scrolling leaves and flower heads reserved in blue. Silver neck terminates in lappets; otherwise neck and lid are undecorated. Glaze runs unevenly over the lowest sections of the body and only covers the corners of the underside of the base.
Interior: not visible


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 132

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.3 cm
Weight: 332 g
Width: 7.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 - Circa 1665

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( colourless, covers lower body unevenly, only on the corners of the underside of the base)
Lid And Neck composed of silver
Rim Diameter 2.2 cm
Base Diameter 6.9 cm
Lid Finial
Neck Mount

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, painted in blue and with black outlines under a colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: '132/8' (hand written in pencil), red printed line
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written, printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: '42/11' (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42-1911
Primary reference Number: 75029
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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