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Dish: C.500-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue, outlined in dark blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze
Shape: segmental bowl with a plain rim, angled lip; sits on a low, wide foot ring. The underside of the base has a central indentation.
Interior: on the lip and upper body, a frieze of black ovular panels is painted, enclosing and surrounded by peach like flowers that form part of a spray. On the roundel, contained within a broad blue band, two birds perch on separate hillocks in the foreground of a multi-tiered rocky landscape incorporating sprouting vegetation. The upper-most tier incorporates pointed rocks and mountains with caves; on the central mountain sits a pagoda surrounded by flags on poles.
Exterior: a frieze of lines radiate from lower body dividing the surface into segments. The frieze is enclosed within two concentric lines, while another line on the lower body roughly marks the join with the base. The glaze runs unevenly over the foot ring. The base is blackened with age and several suspension holes pierce the foot ring.


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: 6.8 cm
Weight: 1046 g
Width: 34 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Tabriz ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1599 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed, stained)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue)
Exterior composed of glaze ( clear, crazed)
Base Diameter 15.9 cm
Rim Diameter 34 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue, outlined in dark blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.500-1991
Primary reference Number: 75314
Packing number: ISCER 562
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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