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Bowl: C.475-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in light brown slip painted in black and turquoise under a clear glaze

Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, with light brown slip painted in black and turquoise under a clear, crazed glaze.
Shape: everted rim and lip on a slightly carinated bowl and low foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted black and on the body a dotted black zigzag pattern contains turquoise lozenges. On the body, contained within turquoise concentric lines, a frieze of bullet shaped black cartouche, containing black lines and scrolls highlighted with a turquoise dot, are separated by black lines. On the base, contained within a black wavey roundel, a complex pattern is outlined in black with turquoise highlights, principally comprising petals, a plamette and dotted circles. Three scars on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device during kiln firing.
Exterior: black paint on rim continues on exterior, while on the upper body a horizontal line and a series of vertical lines, both in black, form a frieze. Glaze and slip only cover the surface to upper body and do not extend below the carination.


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: 10.7 cm
Weight: 1086 g
Width: 28.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


15th century
Circa 1400 - 1499


Possibly provincial style

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, turquoise) glaze ( clear, crazed) slip ( light brown)
Exterior Upper Body composed of slip-coating ( light brown, does not extend below carination)
Rim Diameter 28.5 cm
Base Diameter 8.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, with light brown slip painted in black and turquoise under a clear, crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.475-1991
Primary reference Number: 75227
Packing number: ISCER 556
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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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