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Albarello: C.530-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Probably)




Fritware painted in blue, black and green under a clear glaze

Pinky buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and green with with a clear, crazed glaze
Shape: bead rim and slightly angular neck descending via a carination onto a concave body sitting on a low foot ring.
Exterior: the rim is painted black, contrasting with a horizontal frieze of black circles with a blue central dot on the neck. On the body, vertical friezes of blue cross hatching, green lines or lines of green circles with blue dots are painted; these are contained on the upper and lower body by horizontal friezes of triangles outlined in black and containing blue stripes. Glaze runs over the foot ring.
Interior: undecorated, although patches of glaze are present.


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: 30.5 cm
Weight: 1, 458 g
Width: 15.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1399 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue, black, green)
Exterior composed of glaze ( clear runs over the foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( patches of clear glaze)
Rim Diameter 10.6 cm
Base Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinky buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and green with with a clear, crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.530-1991
Primary reference Number: 75436
Packing number: ISCER 998
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 December 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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