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Bowl: C.498-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black under a crazed turquoise glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl sitting on a wide foot ring
Interior: On the neck a pseudo-calligraphic frieze is painted in reserve against a black, closely dashed, background containing lobbed cartouche in which arrow shapes are drawn. Below two concentric lines are painted, one of which is crossed with vertical lines. On the base, pointed star contains a rosette painted against another closely hatched background. Radiating from the star, lobbed cartouche, whose shape is outlined inside these shapes by a closely hatched background, contain arrow shapes. Tassel shapes separate these cartouches. Glaze is pooled slightly in the base; three scar marks on the interior indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: a pseudo-calligraphic border, identical to that on the interior, is painted on the neck. On the body a frieze of rectangles, in which a flower is painted against a cross hatched background, are separated by a twig like line. On the lower body a concentric band of leaves and stems are painted. The glaze runs over the lower body onto the foot ring, with drops forming on the base; the underside of the foot ring is also glazed


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: 14.7 cm
Weight: 2089 g
Width: 31.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 - 1699

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise, pooled in base)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black)
Exterior composed of glaze ( turquoise, runs over the lower body onto the foot ring, with drops forming on the base; the underside of the foot ring is also glazed)
Base Diameter 15.5 cm
Rim Diameter 31.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black under a crazed turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: remnants of a rectangular paper label

  • Text: 19 underscored with a line
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.498-1991
Primary reference Number: 75301
Packing number: ISCER 595
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 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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