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Bowl: C.168-1935

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in cream slip, carved under a clear glaze

Red-brown earthenware coated in a cream slip, which is carved and partially coloured green all under a clear glaze
Shape: conical bowl with slightly in-turned rim sitting on a disk base.
Interior: on the body a frieze of hook beaked birds, with well defined wings and facial features and surrounded by curling leaves, are delimited by pairs of incised lines, all carved into the cream slip. Splashes of green pigment are visible on the upper body; glaze pools slightly in the base. Three scar marks resulting from the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln are visible on the base.
Exterior: on the upper body, the glaze is coloured green, almost covering the cream slip on the upper body.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.6 cm
Weight: 351 g
Width: 18.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


11th-13th century
Circa 1000 - 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream, carved) pigment ( green, splashed)
Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( coloured with green pigment) slip ( cream)
Rim Diameter 18.2 cm
Base Diameter 6.1 cm

Materials used in production

red-brown Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red-brown earthenware coated in a cream slip, which is carved and partially coloured green all 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 in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "55" (hand written in black); "9 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.168-1935
Primary reference Number: 138559
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BR.55
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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