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Bowl: C.166-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Cream fritware with painted and pierced decoration under a clear glaze

Cream fritware, wheel thrown, with blue and black underglaze paint and a pierced frieze on the upper body, all covered with a clear glaze, heavily crazed in places.
Shape: Finely potted biconical bowl with a carination on the lower body; plain rim and moderately high foot ring.
Interior: Band of Arabic script (cursive) around the rim, painted in reserve against a black background. On the upper body an open-work frieze, comprising pierced holes forming arabesques, is enclosed between two black painted concentric lines. On the base, a cross-shaped floral design is painted in blue with black highlighting. Three spur marks are visible on the base resulting from stacking, using trivets, during firing.
Exterior: Rim has a repeating crescent shape pattern in black below which the upper body is decorated with the reverse pierced pattern, designed to be viewed from the interior. A wide concentric line is painted in black on the lower body. The transparent glaze covers the body to the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
Weight: 375 g
Width: 22.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Gurgan ⪼ Iran
  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( transparent)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue and black) glaze ( transparent, crazed)
Rim Diameter 22.5 cm
Base Diameter 8.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Cream fritware, wheel thrown, with painted and pierced decoration under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: band of script around the rim, painted in reserve against a black background

  • Location: Interior rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in reserve
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Pink rectangular label with serrated edge in poor condition with a central section missing; additional label with a blue border is almost destroyed, it is applied to this central section

  • Text: Arabic script, hand written on left and printed on right
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black; printed in black
  • Type: Label

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) 3 (65) (hand written in black); "55 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.166-1935
Primary reference Number: 72408
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.3
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 June 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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