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Dish: C.424-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted with black and blue, the latter frequently running under a clear crazed glaze
Shape: conical dish with flat everted rim, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted with a black band above a frieze, on the lip. The frieze is divided into repeating panels, separated by vertical black lines. Each panel contains a central lobbed medallion and a palmette decorated with jewel-like motifs; flanking the medallions scrolling black vegetation is highlighted in blue. The body is decorated with palmettes draw in black and highlighted in blue, alternating between lobbed and abstract examples, the latter adorned with triangular leaves and lozenges containing jewel like motifs. On the base, a central lobbed medallion contains four palmette leaves outlined in black against a blue background that includes smaller scrolling leaves.
Exterior: a black band is painted on the rim and lower body, containing a frieze of scrolling vegetation ending in leaves highlighted in blue. The glaze has pooled at the join between the body and foot ring.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 7 cm
Weight: 990 g
Width: 32 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 - 1220

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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue) glazing (coating) ( clear, crazed, pooled at the join between the body and foot ring)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed)
Base Diameter 32 cm
Rim Diameter 32 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted with black and blue, the latter frequently running under a clear crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.424-1991
Primary reference Number: 75046
Packing number: ISCER 640
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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