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Bottle: C.483-1991

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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, crazed glaze
Shape: pear shaped bottle with an elongated neck and sitting on a foot ring
Exterior: all decoration is painted in blue which has run slightly on the neck. On the upper neck a frieze of backward facing ‘C’ shapes are enclosed within concentric bands. A criss-cross frieze of lines and trefoil shapes occupies most of the neck, here it is particularly noticeable that the paint has run into white background. On the body, six wedge shaped panels with pointed lobbed arches are filled with vertically orientated floral sprays and leave. Small patches on the body are not covered with glaze. The glaze runs over the foot ring exterior and also covers the underside; there are no painter’s marks.
Interior: appears glazed


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: 37.6 cm
Weight: 951 g
Width: 16.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, second half#
Circa 1650 - 1699

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( clear, pearly, runs over the foot ring exterior and also covers the underside) pigment ( cobalt)
Base Diameter 10.4 cm
Rim Diameter 4.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue and outlined in darker blue under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 510/a
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: remnants of a paper label with blue edging

  • Text: no inscription visible
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: narrow rectangular green sticker without inscription

  • Text: blank
  • Location: Rim
  • Method of creation: N/a
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.483-1991
Primary reference Number: 75257
Packing number: ISCER 526
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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