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Jar: C.40-1911

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue under a transparent glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue under a transparent glaze
Shape: out-turned rim on a straight neck, descending via a carination onto a cylindrical body sitting on a low foot ring.
Exterior: neck is painted with blue dots above a pair of concentric lines. On the body a frieze of scrolling foliage and leaves is arranged in vertical panels, each separated by a solid line. The foot ring is painted with a single concentric line. Glaze covers the surface evenly including the underside, except on the rim of the foot ring. Interior: undecorated except for glaze.


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 132

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.1 cm
Weight: 382 g
Width: 8.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1700 - Circa 1799

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue) glaze ( transparent, covers surface evenly except on rim of the foot ring)
Base Diameter 6.9 cm
Rim Diameter 7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue under a transparent glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square paper label with serrated edges

  • Text: red line printed (on lower edge), 132/8 hand written
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular card label hand

  • Text: Persian jar of pottery, 18th century. Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam, 1911
  • Location: Loose inside vessel
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.40-1911
Primary reference Number: 74926
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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