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Stem cup: C.67-1935

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Frtiware with a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, covered in a white glaze painted in blue and brown lustre
Shape: stemmed cup with conical bowl and plain rim on a stem with a collared neck and flaring foot.
Interior: rim is painted with a lustre band under which a frieze of Arabic is painted. On the body Arabic script is painted in blue surrounded by scrolling leaves painted in reserve against a background of lustre scrolls.
Exterior: all decoration is painted in lustre. Between two lustre bands painted on the rim and lower body of the cup, a wavey line and lustre scrolls are painted in a frieze that is enclosed by concentric lines. Glaze runs over the lower body of the cup and stem, terminating at a mid point below the collar.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Weight: 343 g
Width: 15.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Raqqa ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1905-04-18) by Brangwyn, Frank


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - 1265 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Bowl Interior composed of pigment ( blue)
Bowl composed of oxide colours ( brown lustre) glaze ( white)
Stem composed of glaze ( white on upper surface only)
Rim Diameter 15.1 cm
Base Diameter 7 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script painted free hand on surface of pot

  • Location: Bowl interior
  • Method of creation: Painting underglaze in blue pigment
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: script painted free hand on surface of pot

  • Location: Bowl interior
  • Method of creation: Painting overglaze in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent By/No' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '175' (hand written)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written on surface

  • Text: 175
  • Location: Stem
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: hand wirtten on surface

  • Text: 24600
  • Location: Underside of foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written in blue ink
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.67-1935
Primary reference Number: 75789
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.175
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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