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Jar: C.625-1991

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Jar. Grey stoneware, thrown and turned, covered in white slip, and painted in iron-black under yellowish glaze. The jar has flattened, sloping shoulders, and a large, open neck with everted mouth rim. The rounded body tapers into a low foot, and has a slightly recessed, flat base. The slip and glaze stop short of the footrim. The iron-black decoration consists of two lozenge-shaped panels on a background of spirals, squiggles, and chrysanthemums with spiralling centres. One panel depicts two people standing facing each other wearing robes, and the other panel depicts a single person. The border covering the shoulders is decorated with chrysanthemums with spiralling centres and squiggles.


History note: Purchased from Puttick & Simpson, 2 November 1923, for £3.10s.0d; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18.9 cm
Height: 23.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century-17th Century#
Circa 1500 - 1644

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white)
Glaze composed of glaze ( yellowish glaze)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown and turned, white slip, painted in iron-black under yellowish glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white, round label, with serrated edge

  • Text: 309
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.625-1991
Primary reference Number: 21097
Old object number: CHICER/873
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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