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Ewer: C.425-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, moulded, with black painted decoration under a crazed turquoise glaze.
Shape: bead rim and ridged neck sit on a horizontal shoulder which descends via a sharp carination onto a lobbed body and a low foot ring. A grooved strap handle, with thumb rest, is attached to the rim and the shoulder.
Exterior: all decoration is painted in black. On the shoulder and neck, scrolling vegetation, that in the latter case encircles two quadrapeds, is contained within concentric bands. A frieze of Arabic script (cursive) is painted in reserve against a black background on the shoulder carination. On the body, arabesques painted on raised lobes are enclosed, above by a scalloped line and scrolls, and below by a concentric line. Raised areas of the handle are also painted in black.
Interior: visible surface is covered with a thinner version of the exterior turquoise glaze.


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: 25.3 cm
Weight: 945 g
Width: 13.4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise, crazed)
Interior composed of glaze ( thin, turquoise on visible areas)
Rim Diameter 4.6 cm
Base Diameter 9.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, moulded, with black painted decoration under a crazed turquoise glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.425-1991
Primary reference Number: 75048
Packing number: ISCER 616
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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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