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Dish: C.481-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, mould made, slipped in white and painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze

Pinkish fritware, mould made, coated in a white slip, carved and painted in blue and outlined in black under a clear glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with everted bracketed rim, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: On the upper body a series of lappets are lightly carved. The roundel is framed by a multi-bracketed band of scrolls and cloud bands. A bracketed roundel contains two qilins back to back painted on a background of four lobbed medallions and scrolling lines reserved in blue.
Exterior: on the lower body a series of over-lapping waves painted are reserved in blue. The glaze covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring and four character marks are painted in black on the base.


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: 8 cm
Weight: 1995 g
Width: 42.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Mashhad ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1905-05-03) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Mid 17th century
Circa 1640 CE - Circa 1660 CE

Components of the work

Exterior Lower Body composed of pigment ( blue, black)
Interior Body composed of pigment ( blue, black)
Base Diameter 21.3 cm
Rim Diameter 42.5 cm
Interior Cavetto

Materials used in production

colourless Glaze
white Slip coating

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pinkish fritware, mould made, coated in a white slip, carved and painted in blue and outlined in black under a clear glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted under the glaze

  • Text: character marks
  • 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.481-1991
Primary reference Number: 75243
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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