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Bottle: C.487-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, moulded, painted in blue and black under a clear glaze
Shape: ovalar flattened body with neck tapering onto a small tulip-shaped mouth
Exterior: decoration is painted in reserve against a blue background with black outline and detail coinciding with raised areas of the moulded form; in places the blue background has bled into the outlined forms. On the mouth a frieze of leaves and flowers is contained between and separated by white bands. On the body hunting scenes are surrounded by leafy folliage on which birds are perching. On one face, a crouching gunman wearing a hat and long sleeved tunic, with a pouch and dagger hanging from his belt, aims his gun at a prancing deer and stalk. On the opposite face the hunter carries his prey around his shoulders; facing him a smaller kneeling figure, with long hair and a hat, picks a bottle from a stand containing other vessels. Above the base a narrow white band and two black concentric lines is painted. The underside of the base is glazed but there is no mark.
Interior: the glazed white surface of the vessel is visible on the interior.


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: 32.4 cm
Weight: 1245 g
Width: 21.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mashhad ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 CE - 1670 CE

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear)
Interior Rim composed of glaze ( clear)
Base Diameter 13 cm
Rim Diameter 2.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, moulded, painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper with serrated edge

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.487-1991
Primary reference Number: 75265
Packing number: ISCER 527
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 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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