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Bowl: C.46-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Brown earthenware coated in a cream slip carved under a clear glaze

Pinkish brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip, carved, reserved in brown and covered with a clear glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with a plain rim, on a disc base
Interior: on the upper body a frieze of scrolling, leafy vines is incised through the cream slip against a brown reserved background. A scar on the base indicates contact with another vessel or a use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln. A clear glaze coloured with streaks of brown covers the surface.
Exterior: a cream slip coated in a clear glaze covers the surface to the lower body.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.2 cm
Weight: 199 g
Width: 13 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


12th Century-13th Century
Circa 1100 - Circa 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( brown used to reserved carving) glaze ( clear) slip ( cream, carved on the upper body)
Exterior composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream)
Rim Diameter 13 cm
Base Diameter 5 cm

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around upper and right hand edge

  • Text: black rectangular printed border, 'Lent by' (printed in black), 'Brangwyn' (typed in black), '171' (hand written in black), ‘9’ (hand written in pencil, encircled in the top right hand corner) and ‘2’ (in pencil, crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Typed, printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: 171
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.46-1935
Primary reference Number: 75182
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.171
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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