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Dish: C.497-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, probably mould made, coated in a white slip painted in two shades of blue and a colourless glaze.
Shape: hemispherical bowl, flange rim with foliated edge, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: around the rim a landscape scene incorporating buildings, boats and vegetation. In the cavetto, a frieze of peony type flowers separated by groups of three leaves is painted in reserve against a blue background. In the roundel, lotus floral sprays and an insect are painted.
Exterior: fungus like flowers, scrolling and straight leaves are painted in between a bracketed line below the rim and concentric lines on the lower body and foot ring. Glaze covers the surface unevenly with the underlying vessel fabric revealed in small areas; the rim of the foot ring is not glazed. Three tassel marks are painted on the base.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 cm
Weight: 2919 g
Width: 47.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Kirman ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Mid-late 17th Century
Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1699 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Base Diameter 26.5 cm
Rim Diameter 47.5 cm

Materials used in production

blue Pigment
colourless, covers the surface unevenly with the underlying vessel fabric revealed in small areas; the rim of the foot ring is not glazed Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably mould made, coated in a white slip painted in two shades of blue and a colourless glaze
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand painted under the glaze

  • Text: tassel-mark
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.497-1991
Primary reference Number: 93835
Packing number: CHICER 987
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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