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Bowl: C.451-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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Fritware painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black under a crazed turquoise glaze.
Shape: T shaped rim on an angled neck descending via a sharp carination onto a conical bowl and a low foot ring.
Interior: on the rim a repeating pattern of stylised fishes is enclosed between two concentric bands. On the body, radiating from a central point, a plant design comprises large lobbed leaves (decorated with a zigzag pattern) alongside smaller curvaceous leaves (containing a dotted fish scale) and scrolling tendrils shooting from the larger stems. This pattern is delineated on the upper body by a pair of concentric lines. Glaze is pooled in the base obscuring any painted decoration in this area.
Exterior: on the neck, a band of Arabic script (cursive) is surrounded by dots and enclosed within concentric lines. A frieze of scrolling vegetation occupies most of the body above a smaller repeating fish frieze; both enclosed by concentric lines. The glaze runs unevenly over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring. Splashes of turquoise glaze are present on the inside foot ring, probably resulting from glaze dripping onto the surface from other vessels in the same kiln.


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: 14.4 cm
Weight: 1748 g
Width: 28.1 cm

Relative size of this object

28.1 cm14.4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1260 - Circa 1350

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( tuquoise, runs unevenly over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring; splashes on underside of foot ring.) Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise, crazed) Base Diameter 11 cm
Rim Diameter 28.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black under a crazed turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script is surrounded by dots and enclosed within concentric lines

  • Location: Exterior neck
  • Method of creation: Painted in black under the glaze
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular card label with string and red sticker

  • Text: ISCER/534
  • Location: Loose in bowl
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.451-1991
Primary reference Number: 75146
Packing number: ISCER 534
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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