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Bowl: C.461-1991

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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, probably wheel thrown, painted in black, blue and turquoise slip under a clear glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl on a narrow foot ring
Interior: rim is painted black under which a narrow frieze of alternate leaves and circles outlined in black and coloured with blue pigment or turquoise slip respectively. The body is covered with a radiating design comprising alternating wide and narrow wedge-shaped panels. On the wide panels, lozenges and palmettes are outlined in black, coloured in blue and contain leaves painted in turquoise slip. These shapes are set against a background of cross-hatching and foliage with alternate leaves painted with blue slip. The narrow panels are tripartite containing two friezes, of large blue and smaller black dots with black vertical lines, separated by a blue band containing foliage painted with turquoise slip. Glaze runs unevenly over lower body and in some areas onto the foot ring.
Exterior: A broad frieze of blue dots that often run to form lines is surrounded by black dots and black vertical lines, all enclosed within pairs of black concentric bands.


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: 504 g
Width: 21.4 cm

Relative size of this object

21.4 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 ( blue, black, turquoise) glaze ( clear) slip ( discrete application of slip results in areas with a slightly raised profile) Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, runs unevenly over lower body and in some areas onto the foot ring) Rim Diameter 21.4 cm
Base Diameter 6 cm

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black, blue and turquoise under a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.461-1991
Primary reference Number: 75178
Packing number: ISCER 593
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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