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Bowl: C.470-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware, coated in a white slip painted blue and brown under a clear glaze

Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip and painted in brown and blue under a clear, crazed glaze.
Shape: out-turned rim on a cono-segmental bowl with a low foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted with a brown band. On the neck two friezes are enclosed by thin brown concentric lines, the uppermost consists of blue cross-hatching while the lower consists of roughly drawn brown arches with a blue central dot. Radiating from a circle on the base, a blue six pointed star is defined by pairs of blue lines which terminate in scrolls. Between the arms of the star, wedge shaped panels alternate between a stylised blue palmette against a background of brown scrolling lines and dots, or blue comma and stylised fleur de lis against brown diagonal lines. Three scar marks on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: the brown band on the rim continues on the exterior above a frieze of brown scrolls enclosed within brown concentric lines. The glaze covers the vessel unevenly to a mid point on the body below which a white slip is visible on the remaining surface.


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: 11.3 cm
Weight: 862 g
Width: 27.7 cm

Relative size of this object

27.7 cm11.3 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th century
Circa 1400 CE - 1499 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue, brown) glaze ( clear, crazed) slip ( white)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( brown) glaze ( clear and crazed, covers the vessel unevenly to a mid point on the body)
Exterior composed of slip ( cream)
Rim Diameter 27.7 cm
Base Diameter 8.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip and painted in brown and blue under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 315/j
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.470-1991
Primary reference Number: 75207
Packing number: ISCER 573
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Audit data

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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