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Bowl: C.540-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a clear, slightly crazed, glaze with greenish tint.
Shape: flat everted rim on a hemispherical bowl sitting on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: painted on the rim, a narrow band of blue dots and a wider frieze of hour glass shapes in blue or black. On the body, a frieze of cross-hatched blue palmettes is painted against a background of black lines and leaves. On the base, another frieze of alternately coloured hour glass shapes frames a roundel in which a six pointed black star, containing a palmette, is painted against a blue cross-hatched background. Scars on the base possibly result from impurities in the fabric, which have exploded in the kiln.
Exterior: rim is painted black, while on the body a frieze of black, feathery foliage is interspersed with large blue dots, all contained within concentric black lines.


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: 5.3 cm
Weight: 542 g
Width: 21.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue (underglaze)) glaze ( clear, crazed, covers surface unevenly to a point on the lower body)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue (underglaze)) glaze ( clear, slightly crazed with greenish tint)
Rim Diameter 21.3 cm
Base Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a clear, slightly crazed, glaze with greenish tint

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 541/a
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.540-1991
Primary reference Number: 75465
Packing number: ISCER 580
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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