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Bottle: C.37-1911

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black and blue under a colourless glaze

Fritware, mould made, painted under the glaze with black outlines highlighted with blue under a cracked colourless glaze
Shape: pear shaped body with rolled rim and four strap handles applied to the neck and another six to the body. Sits on a low foot ring.
Exterior: on two opposing handles attached to the neck, a pattern of black chevrons reserved in blue. Decoration on the body is outlined in black and highlighted with blue. Under the rim and on the lower neck a frieze of triangles and rounded leaves, while on the upper body a diaper pattern interspersed with spikey leaves. On the body a frieze of elaborate lappets containing tight scrolls with pendant bracketed half medallions and stylised lotus blossoms. On the lower body a stylised rock wave pattern. Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body leaving small areas uncovered and accumulating in droplets around the base, only the rim of the foot ring is left unglazed.
Interior: glazed but otherwise undecorated


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, part of lot 131, sold with another object (C.36-1911) for 11 guineas

Legal notes

Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.3 cm
Weight: 1489 g
Width: 16.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 17th or early 18th century
Circa 1675 - Circa 1722

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( black, blue)
Base Diameter 10.8 cm
Rim Diameter 4.8 cm

Materials used in production

colourless, except rim of foot ring, runs unevenly over the lower body leaving small areas uncovered and accumulating in droplets around the base Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, painted under the glaze with black outlines highlighted with blue under a cracked colourless glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge on all but the lower side

  • Text: printed with red line, hand written in black with ‘131/3’ and ‘F.M. 41/11’ (crossed through in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.37-1911
Primary reference Number: 74699
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Audit data

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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