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Dish: C.480-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue under a clear glaze.
Shape: plain rim on a carinated bowl sitting on a wide, low foot ring.
Interior: rim is brown, while on the remainder of the body a landscape scene is painted in blue. The scene features a Chinese style figure with hair scrapped back, wearing a hooded tunic reaching to the knee and holding a fan. A bird and low vegetation are at the figure’s feet and he is flanked either side by plants comprising peony type flowers, feathery leaves and pomegranate like fruit on twisted stems. Above further vegetation springs from a bracketed hillock which descends from the rim edge.
Exterior: on the body four fans are painted in a frieze with concentric lines. A pair of additional concentric lines is painted on the foot ring. The glaze covers the external surface evenly with the exception of the rim of the foot ring, which is left uncovered. A scar on the exterior body indicates 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: 5.7 cm
Weight: 410 g
Width: 22.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 - 1699

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Rim composed of pigment ( brown) Diameter 22.5 cm
Base Diameter 10.1 cm

Materials used in production

blue Pigment
clear, covers the external surface evenly with the exception of the rim of the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue under a clear glaze
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 334
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.480-1991
Primary reference Number: 75241
Packing number: CHICER 103
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 July 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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