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Bottle: C.548-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown (Probably)




Fritware painted in blue and a transparent white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue with outlining in dark blue under a transparent white, crazed glaze.
Shape: collared neck on a bulbous pear shaped body, sits on a wide, low foot ring
Exterior: the neck collar is painted blue above a frieze of rectangular panels containing framed stylised flower heads. On the shoulder, a frieze of trefoils with splayed stems is painted in reserve against a blue background. On the body, a frieze of ducks with ‘S’ shaped necks are separated by a floral spray, below which a band of buds and feathery leaves is painted. Glaze covers the body but sections of the base including the rim of base are bare. The underside of the foot ring is glazed but there is no signature or other mark visible on the base.

Oval label with a gold edge, inscribed '117' in pencil


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: 30.4 cm
Weight: 1714 g
Width: 20.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Samarkand ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Early#
Circa 1400 CE - 1425 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( clear, crazed) pigment ( two shades of blue)
Base Diameter 11.7 cm
Rim Diameter 4.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue with outlining in dark blue under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval paper label with gold edging

  • Text: 117
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.548-1991
Primary reference Number: 75490
Packing number: ISCER 530
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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