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Bottle: C.59-1911

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, mould made, painted in two shades of blue under a colourless, slightly pitted glaze
Shape: bulbous body with collared, carinated shoulder and flaring mouth; sits on a low foot ring
Exterior: on the neck, V shaped leaves are painted. On the shoulder, enclosed by narrow chevron bands, horizontal friezes of scrolling leaves and stylised rock wave patterns. On the body, on a background of dotted scrolls, large lobbed medallions contain central quatrefoils. On the lower body, a frieze of rounded lappets is painted above concentric lines on the foot ring. On the base, a cross-hatched square with crosses on the corners. Glaze covers the foot ring unevenly but extends to the underside of the base. Interior: glazed, otherwise undecorated


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

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm
Weight: 464 g
Width: 12 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Circa 1660 - Circa 1699

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( 2 shades of blue)
Base Diameter 7.1 cm
Rim Diameter 7.3 cm

Materials used in production

colourless, pitted Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, painted in two shades of blue under a colourless, slightly pitted glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: cross-hatched square with crosses at the corners

  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.59-1911
Primary reference Number: 75595
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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