Skip to main content

Ewer: C.454-1991

An image of Ewer

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Frtiware painted blue and black under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, body is wheel thrown with neck and rim moulded, painted both painted in black and blue under a clear crazed glaze.
Shape: mouth is moulded into the form of a cock’s head with strap handle, symbolising tail feathers, attached at the back and on the upper body. Body is a bulbous pear shape sitting on a low foot ring.
Exterior: rim and neck are painted in blue and black imitating a cock’s head including head feathers, mouth and eyes. On the body three smaller friezes, comprising blue or black vertical lines or black dots, frame a central frieze of vertical panels. The panels contain, alternately, either a black cable pattern with a hatched background, or a black palmettes and dotted semi-ovals, painted against a blue background. Glaze ends uniformly on lower body just above foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted black and there is a splash of black colouring in the mouth. The mouth and neck are glazed.


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: 28.8 cm
Weight: 897 g
Width: 15.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century-14th Century#
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior Rim/neck composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear, crazed)
Exterior composed of pigment ( blue and black) glaze ( clear, crazed, ends uniformly on lower body just above foot ring)
Rim Diameter 5.5 cm
Base Diameter 8.2 cm
Exterior Body
Interior Rim/mouth
Neck And Rim

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular card tie on label with string attached

  • Text: “Sotheby’s Founded 1744” (printed); “15 Oct 1986” (stamped); “107” (handwritten)
  • Location: Suspended around neck with string
  • Method of creation: Printed, stamped and hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: oval label with gold printed border

  • Text: 116 (hand written)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Gold printed border, hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: oval paper label with blue printed border

  • Text: No. / 11
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Blue and black printing, hand written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.454-1991
Primary reference Number: 75162
Packing number: ISCER 528
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Ewer" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-07-16 21:50:25

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Ewer |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-07-16 21:50:25|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Ewer</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...