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Bowl: C.463-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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

Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black, blue and turquoise under a clear glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim and sitting on a low foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted black under a radiating panel design on the body. This design comprises wedge shaped panels containing three different designs separated by an eight pointed cross, with narrow arms painted alternately blue or turquoise and outlined in black. Panel designs contain either black calligraphy on a dotted background, or blue cross hatching with black dots over a roughly drawn blue arabesque, or black dots framed by blue linear patterns. Above both the dotted and calligraphic panels, roughly drawn black cartouche containing dots are flanked, or separated by, blue vertical lines.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a black band below which a black concentric line delineates a lotus petal pattern on the body comprising blue lines and black dotted lines that radiate from the lower body. Glaze runs over the surface, ending on the lower body.


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: 544 g
Width: 20.9 cm

Relative size of this object

20.9 cm10.3 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

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, runs over the surface, ending on the lower body) Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black, turquoise) glaze ( clear) Rim Diameter 20.7 cm
Base Diameter 6.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.463-1991
Primary reference Number: 75192
Packing number: ISCER 596
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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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