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Bottle: C.429-1991

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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 in blue and black under a clear highly crazed glaze.
Shape: flanged rim with a slightly flaring profile, descends via a collar and carination onto a pear shaped body sitting on a moderately high foot ring.
Exterior: black concentric bands, on the rim and neck collar, enclose a frieze of lozenges, on the neck, that are outlined in black with their interior coloured in blue. On the shoulder, a frieze of blue a repeating “V” shapes is painted in black against a blue background. On the central body, a cable pattern, defined in black with a blue centre containing a black flower head, is painted against a background of small black crosses. The cable frieze is delimited on the upper and lower body by two friezes of Arabic (cursive) inscriptions painted in reserve against a black background. Scrolling water weeds, painted in black, protrude from the lower inscription. Glaze runs unevenly of the lowest section of the body and onto the foot ring. At one point on the cable a scar probably results from contact with another vessel in the kiln,
Interior: the rim is painted in black, otherwise it is undecorated.


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: 21.5 cm
Weight: 510 g
Width: 13.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, possibly a reconstruction)
Exterior composed of pigment ( blue and black) glaze ( clear, crazed; runs unevenly of the lowest section of the body and onto the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 2.6 cm
Base Diameter 7.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear highly crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 292
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink (fading to purple)
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: underlies circular paper label

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in blue ink
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: two friezes of script

  • Text: unknown
  • Location: Upper and lower body
  • Method of creation: Painted in reserve against a black background
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.429-1991
Primary reference Number: 75056
Packing number: ISCER 643
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 December 2013 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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