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Dish: C.482-1991

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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 and outlined in darker blue under a clear glaze
Shape: segmental bowl with a plain rim on a near horizontal lip, sits on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: on the lip a scrolling frieze of flowers and leaves are painted within two concentric bands. On the body, sprays containing a central flower and leafy stems are separated by scrolling lines. On the roundel, a frog walks amongst a grassy, crescent shaped landscape towards two irregular shapes (possibly stylised pagodas) made from lozenges or cross-hatches; the frog carries a lantern on a pole over his shoulder. Above, a phoenix with a long trailing tail, and whose head is surrounded by cloud scrolls, descends from the sky parallel to a hillock with a sprouting floral spray.
Exterior: on the body, a repeating frieze of folded lotus leaves, resembling a fungus, with scrolling stems are separated by stylised trefoils and stars. This frieze is enclosed within two concentric lines; a further parallel set of concentric lines is painted on the foot ring. The glaze runs unevenly over the exterior body leaving small areas uncovered; on the base it does not cover the rim of the foot ring but is present on the underside where three tassel marks are painted.


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: 9.7 cm
Weight: 4527 g
Width: 50 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kirman ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, second half#
Circa 1650 CE - 1699 CE

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Base Diameter 28.8 cm
Rim Diameter 50 cm

Materials used in production

clear, pearly; not covering rim of foot ring Glaze
cobalt Pigment

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: three tassel marks painted under the glaze by hand in blue

  • Text: tassel marks
  • Location: Exterior foot ring (underside base)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 359
  • Location: Exterior foot ring (underside base)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.482-1991
Primary reference Number: 75256
Packing number: CHICER 112
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 February 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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