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Bowl: C.76-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black under a transparent turquoise glaze.
Shape: conical bowl with a gentle carination in the neck leading onto a bead rim. Sits on a low, wide foot ring base.
Interior: the rim is painted black. On the neck tear drop shaped cartouche contain dotted ovals filled with fish eye patterns, painted on a background of zigzag lines. On the base a scalloped line encloses a rosette with further zigzag lines on the petals and in the background. Glaze pools in the base obscuring the decoration.
Exterior: a frieze of roughly drawn arabesques and cartouche with a central line on a scrolling background dominate the body. On the lower body a narrow band of stylised fishes are painted within concentric two black lines. Glaze pools slightly on the lower body and base, a thin covering is present on the underside of the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 cm
Weight: 1157 g
Width: 27.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1260 - Circa 1399

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise, transparent)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black)
Exterior composed of glaze ( turquoise, pools slightly on the lower body and base, a thin covering is present on the underside of the foot ring)
Base Diameter 12 cm
Rim Diameter 27.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black under a transparent turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: “Lent by” (printed in black), “Brangwyn” (typed), "124" (hand written in black), "33" (hand written in pencil, crossed through on the right hand side), "25" (hand written in pencil, encircled on right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto object surface

  • Text: ‘124’ and ‘1161’
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.76-1935
Primary reference Number: 76013
Old number: BP.124
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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