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Bottle: C.484-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, painted in blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, painted in blue with outlining in dark blue under a clear glaze
Shape: bulbous pear shaped bottle on a low, wide foot ring and with replacement copper alloy neck.
Exterior: copper alloys funnel with, beaded rim and engraved concentric line on the lower body, replaces the ceramic upper neck. On the lower neck, shoots ending in leaves sprout from grassy hillocks above a frieze of scrolling leaves enclosed within concentric bands. On the shoulder, a band of lappets mark the start of decoration on the body of four palmettes comprising stemmed leaves, a central lozenge and feathered lower sections. On the lower body, a band of scallops are painted above a concentric line at the join between the body and base. Dent in the side indicates contact with another vessel before firing. Glaze covers the surface evenly except on the lower foot ring, the underside of which is also glazed and with a painter’s makr under the glaze in blue.
Interior: not visible


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: 29.2 cm
Weight: 995 g
Width: 17.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mashhad ⪼ 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

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue) glaze ( clear, pearly, covers the surface evenly except on the lower foot ring, the underside of which is also glazed)
Body composed of fritware
Rim And Neck composed of copper alloy
Base Diameter 11.5 cm
Rim Diameter 2.3 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: inscription painted in blue under the glaze

  • Text: narrow 'V' with cross through
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.484-1991
Primary reference Number: 75259
Packing number: ISCER 521
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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