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Bowl: C.455-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Potter)


Fritware painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Pinky buff fritware, moulded, painted in blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl sitting on a small, narrow foot ring
Interior: on the upper body a wide, radiating frieze alternates between a blue and black cross hatch design and a black ladder pattern, the latter embellished with dots and circles. On the lower body, the radiating blue lines continue but here are interspersed with black cartouches containing lines and dots, all of which forms a narrow frieze that is contained within pairs of black concentric lines. On the base a blue star motif is outlined in black and contains black linear triangles.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a black band under which a black concentric line is adorned with small pendant triangles. On the body, a radiating lotus petal design is outlined in blue (which has bled into white background) with a central doted black line. Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring. The underside of the foot ring is covered with a thin coating of glaze.


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: 10.6 cm
Weight: 436 g
Width: 21.7 cm

Relative size of this object

21.7 cm10.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Circa 1300 - 1399

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Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, crazed) Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, runs unevenly over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring, underside of the foot ring is covered with a thin coating of glaze) Rim Diameter 21.7 cm
Base Diameter 6.3 cm

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinky buff fritware, moulded, painted in blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.455-1991
Primary reference Number: 75164
Packing number: ISCER 591
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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