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Tankard: C.31-1911

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Production: Unknown




Fritware painted in polychrome under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made, painted with red slip, blue, green and black under a colourless, crazed and pitted glaze
Shape: straight, cylindrical body, with plain rim and sitting on a foot ring. A flat, angular handle fixed along the length of the body.
Exterior: below the rim and above the foot ring a frieze of half rosettes with red central dots are reserved in blue. On the body, floral sprays of red or blue flowers are interspersed with red and blue heart shaped arabesque and green or blue quatre-foils. Blue lines are painted on the handle. Glaze, which is crazed, covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring.
Interior: covered with a pitted glaze but otherwise undecorated.


History note: Joseph Dixon; sold Christie's, 17 March 1911, lot 60 (second part). Sold for 23 guineas

Legal notes

Given by The Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.4 cm
Weight: 580 g
Width: 15 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Iznik ⪼ Anatolia ⪼ Turkey

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-27) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 16th Century
Circa 1570 - Circa 1585


Floral style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of painting underglaze ( red slip, blue, green and black)
Base Diameter 10.2 cm
Rim Diameter 10.9 cm

Materials used in production

colourless, crazed and pitted, covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, painted with red slip, blue, green and black under a colourless, crazed and pitted glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square paper label with serrations on the lower and left hand edge

  • Text: 60/2
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.31-1911
Primary reference Number: 74396
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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