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Bowl: C.557-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Possibly)




Fritware coated in a white slip painted in blue, turquoise and black under a clear glaze

Fritware coated in a white slip and painted in two shades of blue, turquoise and black under a clear glaze.
Shape: segmental bowl with a flaring rim sits on a narrow, low foot ring
Interior: all decoration is outlined in black. On the rim, painted in reserve against a blue background, stylised leaves and flowers are represented by criss-cross lines and dots highlighted with purple and turquoise. On the body, central green scrolling hyacinth stems with purple flowers are surrounded by further stems with blue rosette flowers. A series of scar marks on the base indicates the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: on the body, a series of black dashed lines are painted above blue ovals outlined in black with white central dot which alternate with black scrolled lines coloured with turquoise. Glaze covers the lower body unevenly; the rim of the foot ring is uncovered but there is glaze on the underside.


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: 8 cm
Weight: 886 g
Width: 28.2 cm

Relative size of this object

28.2 cm8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th-18th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1799 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, turquoise, blue)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, turquoise, blue)
Rim Diameter 28.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

clear, covers the lower body unevenly; the rim of the foot ring is uncovered but there is glaze on the underside Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware coated in a white slip and painted in two shades of blue, turquoise and black under a clear glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 335
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.557-1991
Primary reference Number: 75518
Packing number: ISCER 563
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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