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Bowl: C.558-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Possibly)




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

Fritware coated in a white slip and painted in black, blue, green and purple under a clear glaze.
Shape: segmental bowl with a flat rim and beaded edge, sitting on a narrow, low foot ring.
Interior: all decoration is outlined in black. Painted on the rim, between two black concentric lines, a blue flower and green leaf pattern interspersed with black tendrils. On the body, three stylised hyacinth stems, with blue flowers, are reserved in white against a background of black fish scales coloured with green. Within these scales a medallion containing purple flowers is reserved in white. Glaze covers the surface unevenly and is very thin in places
Exterior: on the rim and lower body, a bracketed line is enclosed within two concentric lines; these contain a frieze of black scrolling tendrils, purple buds and blue rosettes. Glaze runs over the lower body unevenly and onto the foot ring, spots of 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: 8.3 cm
Weight: 967 g
Width: 30.2 cm

Relative size of this object

30.2 cm8.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) 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, blue, green)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue, green)
Rim Diameter 30.2 cm
Base Diameter 9.9 cm

Materials used in production

clear, runs over the lower body unevenly and onto the foot ring, spots of glaze on the underside Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware coated in a white slip and painted in black, blue green and purple under a clear glaze
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.558-1991
Primary reference Number: 75520
Packing number: ISCER 538
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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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