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Bowl: C.90-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in grey slip painted in white slip and black under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a grey slip with decoration painted in yellowish slip and outlined in black under a clear glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim sitting on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted black, while the remainder of decoration is painted in yellowish slip, outlined or detailed in black, against a background of black dashes. On the body, a frieze of flying phoenix and birds is painted against a background of leaves, all enclosed within two concentric white bands. These animals are separated by a pear shaped cartouche containing further leaves. On the base a prancing stag, with a dotted coat, is painted against leaves and lotus flowers.
Exterior: black decoration on the rim continues on the exterior, above a band of yellowish slip. On the body, radiating from a black concentric line on the lower body, a lotus petal design is painted in yellowish slip, outlined in black with a central black dotted line. Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body, at times reaching the foot ring. The underside of the foot ring has spots of glaze.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 cm
Weight: 552 g
Width: 20.5 cm

Relative size of this object

20.5 cm9 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1275 - Circa 1399

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear) slip ( grey, coats vessel) slip ( painted to form decoration)
Exterior Body composed of slip ( grey, coats vessel) slip ( yellowish, painted to form decoration)
Rim Diameter 20.1 cm
Base Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a grey slip with decoration outlined in black and embellished with yellowish slip under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '16' hand written
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.90-1935
Primary reference Number: 76331
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.16
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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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