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Bowl: C.466-1991

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Current Location: In storage


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Fritware painted in black and turquoise under a clear or turquoise glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in turquoise and black under a clear crazed glaze coloured turquoise on the exterior.
Shape: biconical bowl with plain rim and moderately high foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted turquoise, while the body is decorated with a frieze enclosed above and below by black concentric lines. The frieze contains panels of black dots, commas and arching lines, which separate turquoise triangles painted using diagonal strokes. On the base, a roundel enclosed by black lines contains an abstract stemmed turquoise palmette, surrounded by black painted lines (both jagged and arching) and dots.
Exterior: on the upper body a concentric intermittent black line is painted. The body and foot ring are both glazed although the surface is slightly pitted and the colour and coverage are uneven. A scar on the rim probably resulted from contact with another vessel in the kiln.


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: 9.9 cm
Weight: 481 g
Width: 20.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, turquoise) glaze ( clear, crazed) Exterior Upper Body composed of pigment ( black) Exterior composed of glaze ( clear but coloured with turquoise, surface is slightly pitted and the colour and coverage are uneven) Rim Diameter 20.5 cm
Base Diameter 7.8 cm

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in turquoise and black under a clear crazed glaze coloured turquoise on the exterior

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.466-1991
Primary reference Number: 75198
Packing number: ISCER 604
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 December 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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