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Dish: C.449-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with blue and white glaze painted in lustre

Buff fritware dish, wheel thrown, with an opaque white, glaze on the interior and a pitted blue glaze on the exterior both crazed and painted with yellow-brown lustre
Shape: hemispherical dish with flange rim, sitting on a foot ring
Interior: the rim is covered with a gold band below which, on the lip, a repeating frieze of spotted, leaping cheetahs is painted in reserve against a lustred background containing fine scrolling vegetation. Painted in lustre, a fleurs-de lis pattern contained by concentric bands forms a narrow frieze around the upper body. The central decoration comprises two opposing seated figures painted in reserve against a lustred background containing birds, textured half palmettes and palmettes on scrolling vines, commas and spirals. The figures have fine features and wear headdresses and robes decorated with a repeating peacock’s eye pattern (left hand figure) or scrolls (right hand figure). Below the figures, again in reserve lustre, three fish swim surrounded by scrolling commas. Spots of blue colouring are present at irregular intervals on the body and running over sections of the lip.
Exterior: A band of lustre covers the rim, the remainder is undecorated except for the blue glaze which covers the body and runs over areas of the foot ring.


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: 6 cm
Weight: 493 g
Width: 24.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 - 1220

School or Style

Kashan style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( blue, crazed, runs over foot ring)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, splashed) oxide colour ( painted lustre) glaze ( white, opaque, crazed)
Exterior Rim composed of oxide colour ( lustre)
Rim Diameter 24.3 cm
Base Diameter 8.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with an opaque white, glaze on the interior and a pitted blue glaze on the exterior both crazed and painted with yellow-brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 313/h
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.449-1991
Primary reference Number: 75135
Packing number: ISCER 603
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Monday 26 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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