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Dish: C.496-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Buff fritware, mould made covered in a white slip, carved and painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with flange, lightly bracketed rim, on a low foot ring
Interior: the cavetto is lightly incised with over-lapping scales. In the roundel decoration is reserved in blue and outlined in black, two qilin type beasts are portrayed back to back against a background of lotus flowers and leaves.
Exterior: on the lower body a frieze of half flowers are painted between scrolls. Glaze covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring; a square seal mark is painted in black on the base. Scar mark just below the rim indicates contact with another vessel in the kiln.


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: 7.5 cm
Weight: 3282 g
Width: 48 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mashad ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


17th Century, first half#
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1650 CE

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Base Diameter 25.5 cm
Rim Diameter 48 cm

Materials used in production

blue Pigment
colourless, covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff fritware, mould made covered in a white slip, carved and painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted under the glaze

  • Text: square seal mark
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.496-1991
Primary reference Number: 75298
Packing number: CHICER 986
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018 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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