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Bottle: C.488-1991

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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 under a clear glaze
Shape: pear shaped bottle with out-turned rim, sitting on a low foot ring base
Exterior: decoration is painted in blue which has run slightly into surrounding areas. On the neck, a vertical frieze of floral sprays is separated by lines. On the remainder of the body four horizontal friezes are painted, all enclosed by concentric lines. On the lower neck wide triangles contain scrolls; on the shoulder a cable pattern of intertwined pointed leaves is above a wide band of floral sprays comprising rosettes and acanthus leaves; on the lower body lotus leaves are painted. Glaze leaves small areas uncovered on the body and runs unevenly onto the exterior foot ring, although the underside of the base is also glazed but without any mark.
Interior: glazed, no other decoration 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: 21.5 cm
Weight: 664 g
Width: 13.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kirman ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1626 CE - 1699 CE

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue)
Rim composed of copper alloy ( probably bronze, coated in laquer) Diameter 3.9 cm
Exterior composed of glaze ( white, small areas uncovered on the body and runs unevenly onto the exterior foot ring)
Interior Neck composed of glaze ( white)
Base Diameter 7.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue under a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.488-1991
Primary reference Number: 75267
Packing number: ISCER 524
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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