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Dish: C.491-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably mould made, slipped in white and painted in two shades of blue under a clear glaze
Shape: segmental bowl with an out-turned lip sits on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: on the body a landscape frieze comprises pagodas set amongst hills that are dotted with trees and bushes. A stream, junk like ships and two figures with halos, standing back to back, also adorn this landscape. In the roundel, an adult and child with Chinese features stand in a hilly landscape incorporating pagodas, other buildings and vegetation. An Arabic inscription is painted faintly in a band either side of these figures.
Exterior: on the body a frieze of scrolling tendrils with fungus like flowers and quatrefoil leaves is painted. On the foot ring a series of concentric lines are painted. The glaze runs the lower body and foot ring unevenly, with the rim of base uncovered but the underside glazed, lacks a painter’s mark.


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: 8.5 cm
Weight: 2102 g
Width: 43 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Circa 1750 - 1799


Transitional style

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Base Diameter 12.5 cm
Rim Diameter 43 cm

Materials used in production

rim of foot ring only area unglazed Glaze
two shades of blue, except underside of foot ring Pigment
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably mould made, slipped in white and painted in two shades of blue under a clear glaze
Glazing (coating)
Painting underglaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted faintly in a band either side of human figures

  • Location: Roundel interior
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: green oblong sticker without inscription adherred to the rim

  • Text: blank
  • Location: Rim
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.491-1991
Primary reference Number: 75278
Packing number: ISCER 525
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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