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Bowl: C.437-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with white glaze and lustre decoration

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with an opaque white crazed glaze painted in yellow-brown lustre.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly convex body and a plain rim, sits on a low foot ring.
Interior: a central design dominates the interior, comprising a seated figure wearing a hat and dressed in a spotted robe, holding an object, possibly a flower, in his left hand. The figure is surrounded by scrolling vines; a white concentric line under the rim delineates the design. All decoration is painted in reverse against a lustred background.
Exterior: a band of lustre covers the rim; the glaze covers three quarters of the upper body, running down the lower body at one point.


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: 5.3 cm
Weight: 136 g
Width: 11.9 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th/20th Century
Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1950 CE

School or Style

modern fake

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior composed of oxide colour ( lustre) glaze ( opaque white, crazed)
Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( opaque white, crazed)
Exterior Rim composed of oxide colour ( painting)
Rim Diameter 11.9 cm
Base Diameter 5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware bowl with clear crazed glaze and painting in reserve in yellow-brown lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.437-1991
Primary reference Number: 75091
Packing number: ISCER 619
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 18 August 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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