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Bowl: C.47-1911

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Fritware coated in a white slip painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip painted in black and blue under a cracked, colourless glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl on a low foot ring.
Interior: below the rim a narrow frieze of triangles. On the body, panels containing a blue diagonal cross flanked by semi-ovals with black radiating lines. In the roundel, three lattice structures (possibly stylised pagodas) flanked by linear vegetation.
Exterior: the pattern on the interior rim and body is matched on the exterior, terminating here with a blue concentric band on the lower body and foot. The glaze extends to the underside of the base, where it is thin and blistered, but does not cover the rim of the foot ring.


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 133, sold with other vessels for 20 guineas

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.6 cm
Weight: 2867 g
Width: 38.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th century
Circa 1800 - Circa 1899

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue)
Base Diameter 19.2 cm
Rim Diameter 38.1 cm

Materials used in production

colourless Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip painted in black and blue under a cracked, colourless glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge on all but the bottom edge

  • Text: ‘133/3’ (hand written in pencil), printed with a red line
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil, printed in red
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: painted directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: ‘1087’
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.47-1911
Primary reference Number: 75211
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Audit data

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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