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Tile: C.440-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with white glaze painted in lustre

Buff fritware, star shaped tile, mould made, covered with a white crazed and slightly pitted glaze painted in yellow-brown lustre
Decorated surface: painted in reserve against a lustred background a bird (possibly an eagle) is depicted in profile with spots of lustre on its’ body and scrolling leaves in the background. On the edge of the tile, an area left undecorated in lustre forms a white contour, that echoes its' star shape. Glaze and lustre runs over the tile edges.
Reverse surface: accidental spots of glaze and lustre, but otherwise 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: 1.7 cm
Length: 13.1 cm
Weight: 271 g
Width: 11.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late-13th Century, Early#
Circa 1175 CE - 1225 CE

School or Style

Monumental style

Components of the work

Decorated Surface composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)

Materials used in production

moulded Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff fritware, star shaped tile, mould made, covered with a white crazed and slightly pitted glaze painted in yellow-brown lustre

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.440-1991
Primary reference Number: 75100
Packing number: ISCER 635
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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