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Ewer: C.75-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, moulded and wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a transparent turquoise glaze.
Shape: bulbous, globular body with an embossed neck and cock head spout with a frilled rim. The handle, imitating bird feathers, is ribbed and adorned with protruding scrolls; it is attached to the spout and upper body.
Exterior: the surface is covered into four friezes that are divided by bands of epigraphy, reserved in black. Below a blue rim the upper surface is painted with a cock’s head surrounded by palmettes reserved in black, this accentuates the moulded decoration. On the neck further palmettes are reserved in black but here they are interspersed with tear drop cartouche containing trefoils painted in black and reserved in blue. Occupying most of the body, and reserved and outlined in black with splashes of blue, figures with moon faces are surrounded by dotted trefoils and scrolling vegetation. On the lower body a scrolling water weed pattern is painted in black. Glaze runs over the surface to a point just above the foot ring
Interior: coated in a turquoise glaze, at least to the neck.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 37.4 cm
Weight: 1264 g
Width: 22.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( turquoise, runs over the surface to a point just above the foot ring)
Interior Spout composed of glaze ( turquoise)
Rim Diameter 8.3 cm
Base Diameter 9.9 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: three concentric bands, which divide larger friezes

  • Text: Arabic cursive script
  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Inscribed through black slip
  • Type: Inscription

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '21' hand written in black ink, ‘36’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.75-1935
Primary reference Number: 75975
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.124
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 27 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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