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Dish: C.555-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Buff earthenware with cream slip, incised and painted decoration, under a clear glaze

Buff wheel-thrown earthenware coated with a cream slip and alternating green and yellow/brown colouring painted decoration roughly delineated by incised lines under a clear glaze.
Shape: Shallow dish with a flanged rim and gently sloping body on a low foot ring.
Interior: Cream slip covers vessel interior with incised and coloured decoration. On the lip, a repeating pattern of paired petals defined by incised lines with splashes of alternating green and brown colouring is enclosed by concentric green or yellow bands emphasised by incisions. On the body, a radiating flower pattern, with central green head, is defined by alternating yellow petals and green lozenges with a brown central dot, all largely contained within incised lines.
Exterior: Green pigment, possibly under a clear glaze covers the exterior rim and drips over the lip.


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 cm
Weight: 677 g
Width: 22.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1268 CE


Type is commonly referred to as Port St Symeon ware

School or Style

Crusader (style)

Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream) pigment ( green, yellow, brown)
Exterior Rim And Lip composed of pigment ( green) glaze ( irregular, clear)
Rim Diameter 22.5 cm
Base Diameter 7.2 cm
Interior Body
Interior Lip

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff wheel-thrown earthenware coated with a cream slip and green and yellow/brown colouring painted decoration roughly delineated by incised lines under a clear glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white oval sticker with black edging

  • Text: "118" or possibly "148"
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.555-1991
Primary reference Number: 75513
Packing number: EUCER 482
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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