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Dish: C.32-1934

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in polychrome under a colourless glaze

Fritware, probably mould made, painted in red slip, black, blue, green and black under a colourless glaze
Shape: segmental bowl with a flange rim, sits on a low, wide foot ring
Interior: on the rim a rock wave pattern is painted in blue, black and green and is divided by black ‘S’ shapes framed by red dots. On the cavetto, stylised palmette leaves outlined thickly in blue and with a central red dot are painted on a background of black wave scrolls. In the roundel, two floral sprays of saz leaves and flowers are painted in blue and red, all outlined in black and reserved on a green background.
Exterior: below the rim a black bracketed line, while on the body a frieze of green rosette and blue fleur de lys are outlined in black. The blue pigment has run slightly into the surrounding glaze. The glaze covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Collection of Douglas W. Freshfield Esq., Wych Cross Place, Forest Row, Sussex. Sold at Christie’s, 31st Oct. 1934, Fine Oriental Carpets, Decorative Furniture, Textiles, Pottery and Porcelain, p. 7, Lot 32. The dish was delivered in error to Cecil Leitch &Kevin Ltd, 4 Bruton St. who sent it onto FWM – see letter from them to Sir Sydney Cockrell, 5.11.1934.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.3 cm
Weight: 1982 g
Width: 37.4 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Iznik ⪼ Anatolia ⪼ Turkey

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1905-04-17) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 16th Century
Circa 1585 CE - Circa 1599 CE


Wave-scroll ground type

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Rim/body composed of pigment ( blue, black, green)
Interior composed of pigment ( red slip, black, blue, green and black)
Base Diameter 21.8 cm
Rim Diameter 37.4 cm

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32-1934
Primary reference Number: 74522
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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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