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Tankard: C.58-1911

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue under a colourless glaze

Fritware painted in blue under a colourless glaze
Shape: plain rim on a cylindrical body widening onto a low foot ring, angular handle attached to the length of the body
Exterior: two friezes of complex meandering scrollwork are painted on the upper and lower body respectively; these are framed by lines of dashes and a narrow band of semi-circles. Further, more simplified bands of meandering scroll work are below the rim, above the base and on the handle. The base is glazed except for the rim of the foot ring; small scars on surface of the glaze on the lower body.
Interior: undecorated except for surface glaze.


History note: Joseph Dixon; sold Christie's, 17 March 1911, lot 157 (first part).

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 20 cm
Weight: 651 g
Width: 16.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Iznik ⪼ Anatolia ⪼ Turkey

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


16th Century, Mid
Circa 1540 CE - Circa 1550 CE


Tuğtsakeş style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue)
Rim Diameter 11.2 cm
Base Diameter 13.2 cm

Materials used in production

colourless, covers the entire surface except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with a serrated edge on all but the lower edge

  • Text: 157/8 (hand written), red line (printed)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written, printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

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

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.58-1911
Primary reference Number: 75573
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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