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Dish: C.504-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Probably)




Buff fritware with carved decoration under a green glaze

Buff wheel thrown fritware with carved decoration and a translucent green glaze.
Shape: Tazza or dish comprising circular shallow dish with everted rim, sitting on a high foot ring with slightly flaring profile.
Interior: Carved decoration fills the interior and is covered with a crazed, translucent green glaze. The pattern on the rim incorporates repeating diamond pattern alternating with scalloped line which is separated from the principal decorative theme by two parallel concentric lines. A carved repeating and curving arabesque pattern forms a circular frieze on the body. A quatrefoil rosette fills the base.
Exterior: Green crazed translucent glaze covers the vessel rim and body up to the uppermost area of the foot ring base. The glaze has pooled in places, particularly around the rim and shoulder, creating a slightly lumpy surface.


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: 6.9 cm
Weight: 409 g
Width: 20.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


12th-13th Century
Circa 1100 CE - 1300 CE

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Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( crazed, translucent, green)
Upper Exterior composed of glaze ( crazed, translucent, green)
Rim Diameter 20.3 cm
Base Diameter 8.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with carved decoration and a translucent green glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.504-1991
Primary reference Number: 75330
Packing number: ISCER 532
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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