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Bowl: C.456-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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Fritware painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze
Shape: shallow hemispherical bowl sitting on a wide, low foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted black below a panel design which alternates been narrow wedges in blue or turquoise, outlined in black, or wider panels with one of three designs. These panels contain either a cartouche outlined in blue, containing black dots; a black arabesque; or a blue diagonal cross hatch with black dots that develops into a lotus blossom. Above the arabesque and dotted designs, a narrow horizontal frieze of roughly drawn black cartouches, containing dots and dashes, are separated by blue vertical lines. On the base, a blue rosette is outlined in black and contains a central turquoise dot.
Exterior: black paint on the rim continues on the exterior. On the neck, a narrow frieze of blue and black inverted ‘V’ shapes and black dots is contained within black concentric lines. Radiating from the lower body, alternating pairs of blue or black lines are painted. Glaze covers the lower body unevenly and pools in places above 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: 9 cm
Weight: 485 g
Width: 20.8 cm

Relative size of this object

20.8 cm9 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1275 - 1399

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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed) Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed) Rim Diameter 20.8 cm
Base Diameter 8.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 539
  • Location: Exterior base, underside foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.456-1991
Primary reference Number: 75166
Packing number: ISCER 588
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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