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Bowl: C.458-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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Fritware painted in black, blue and turquoise under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown painted in black, blue and turquoise under a clear, crazed glaze.
Shape: T shaped rim and angled neck descending via a sharp carination onto a conical bowl with low foot ring.
Interior: rim exterior and interior are painted with blue bands enclosing a frieze of black dashed lines. On the body inter-connected leaves, dots and scalloped lines (pseudo-Arabic lettering) are all outlined in black, in addition some leaves painted with blue or turquoise slip. A pair of concentric lines delineates the edge of this decoration on the neck.
Exterior: on the neck, alternating thick blue and thin black lines are enclosed within two concentric lines. On the body, a frieze of blue and black dots is separated by vertical black lines and enclosed by concentric black lines. Glaze runs towards the lower body with an uneven surface appearance.


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: 10.3 cm
Weight: 848 g
Width: 21.5 cm

Relative size of this object

21.5 cm10.3 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

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue, turquoise) glaze ( clear, crazed) slip ( in discrete areas, gives lumpy appearance) Exterior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed, runs towards the lower body with an uneven surface appearance) Rim Diameter 21.5 cm
Base Diameter 7.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown painted in black with blue and turquoise slip decoration under a clear, crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.458-1991
Primary reference Number: 75170
Packing number: ISCER 590
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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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