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Bowl: C.44-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware incised through a cream slip and painted in green under a clear glaze

Pinkish earthenware, wheel thrown, incised through a cream slip, coloured green on the rim and covered with a clear glaze.
Interior: the rim is coloured with green pigment. On the upper body a narrow band of scrolling vegetation is incised above a wider frieze of palmettes reserved on a hatched background. In the roundel a stylised lion is also incised on a hatched background. All covered with a clear glaze
Exterior: green pigment continues on the rim. White slip covered in a clear glaze continues to the lower body


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.6 cm
Weight: 328 g
Width: 18 cm

Relative size of this object

18 cm8.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


11th-12th century
Circa 1000 - Circa 1199

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( clear, covers slip and continues onto lower body) slip ( cream, continues to the lower body)
Interior composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream)
Rim composed of pigment ( green) Diameter 18 cm
Base Diameter 8.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish earthenware, wheel thrown , incised through a cream slip, coloured green on the rim and covered with a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '6' hand written in black ink, ‘6’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner) and ‘4’ (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: inscribed directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: 120
  • Location: Exterior lower bowl
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1935
Primary reference Number: 75109
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.120
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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