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Bowl: C.474-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a cream slip, painted in dark purple under a turquoise glaze

Light brown earthenware, wheel thrown, with cream slip painted in dark purple under a turquoise glaze
Shape: carinated bowl with slightly everted rim, sits on a low foot ring.
Interior: all decoration is painted in dark purple. The rim is painted with a wavey line and on the carination two concentric lines delineate decoration on the body comprising a flower head. Four of the eight petals and the central stigma are cross-hatched. Three scars on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln and an eruption point on the surface displays evidence of spalling in the kiln.
Exterior: on the neck, a frieze of dashed lines is contained within two concentric lines, all painted in dark purple. The turquoise glaze covers the surface up to a mid point on the body, leaving the remainder covered with a thin white slip. The underside of the foot ring is also painted but with a thicker white slip.


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: 10.5 cm
Weight: 785 g
Width: 21.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Late-14th Century
Circa 1275 - 1325


Possibly provincial ware

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( covers the surface up to a mid point on the body)
Exterior composed of slip ( cream, thin on body, thicker on base)
Interior composed of slip ( cream) pigment ( purple, probably manganese) glaze ( turquoise)
Exterior Neck composed of pigment ( purple, probably manganese)
Rim Diameter 20.7 cm
Base Diameter 7.3 cm
Exterior Upper Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Light brown earthenware, wheel thrown, with cream slip painted in dark purple under a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular card label with string and a yellow sticky label attached

  • Text: ISCER/568
  • Location: Loose
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.474-1991
Primary reference Number: 75225
Packing number: ISCER 568
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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