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Albarello: C.74-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in three colours under a colourless glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, turquoise and black under a colourless glaze.
Shape: bead rim and slightly angular neck descending via a carination onto a concave cylindrical body sitting on a narrow foot ring
Exterior: the rim is painted black and black pseudo calligraphy is painted on the shoulder. Bands of black curled leaves, on a black and blue dotted ground separated by black lines, are painted on the neck and in vertical friezes on the body, where they alternate with blue or turquoise panels. Pigment from those panels has run onto the lower body, which is decorated with radiating blue lines. Glaze covers the surface to the lower body and runs unevenly into the foot ring.
Interior: covered in a colourless glaze, otherwise undecorated.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.2 cm
Weight: 1092 g
Width: 14.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise, black) glaze ( colourless, covers the surface to the lower body and runs unevenly into the foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( colourless)
Rim Diameter 10 cm
Base Diameter 8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, turquoise and black under a colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '158' hand written in black ink, ‘42’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner) and ‘31’ (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: 158
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.74-1935
Primary reference Number: 75962
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.158
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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