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Bowl: C.534-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, painted in blue, black and red under a colourless glaze.

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and red under a colourless glaze
Shape: biconical bowl with a plain rim and on a low foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with a black line. On the body, panels containing the figure ‘8’ are reserved in blue, black or red. These panels are divided by black vertical lines embellished with diamonds or finials. On the base within a black lobed and dotted roundel, a bird is reserved in black within an irregular shape and surrounded by vases coloured with blue, black or red.
Exterior: on the neck, between two concentric horizontal black bands, a scrolling, looped line is painted in black. In one small area on the lower body, a fleur de lys is outlined in black alongside a circular rosette.

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.9 cm
Weight: 483 g
Width: 23.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( colourless)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black, red) glaze ( colourless)
Rim Diameter 23.3 cm
Base Diameter 9.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and red under a colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: White paper circular label with serrated edge, print originally black but now faded to a light greenish colour.

  • Text: The only word legible is ‘PARIS’
  • Location: Lower exterior body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: White rectangular paper label with cut corners, printed with a blue geometric border and hand written in black

  • Text: ‘No. 2016’
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring).
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: White circular paper label with serrated edge, hand written in pencil

  • Text: '505b'
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Rectangular white paper label, hand written in black

  • Text: ‘ISCER 584’
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.534-1991
Primary reference Number: 75450
Packing number: ISCER 976
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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