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Bowl: C.417-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Red-brown earthenware, slipped with incised lines and coloured pigment under a clear glaze

Red-brown wheel-thrown earthenware coated cream slip which is carved and coloured in with green or brown in selected areas, all under a clear glaze.
Shape: Thickly potted hemispherical bowl with in-turned rim and concave disc base
Interior: On rim and neck, incised decoration cuts through cream slip in the form of scallops enclosed above and below by two concentric lines. Dominating the remainder of the interior, a quadruped, possibly a donkey, with well defined features and surrounded by vegetal scrolls, is carved into the cream slip. At irregular intervals, green, or less commonly brown, pigment is splashed over the slip.
Exterior: Concentric incised lines enclose impressed vertical lines, both under a glaze coloured green with brown splashes. Glaze covers the upper quarter of the body, the remainder is undecorated.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm
Weight: 717 g
Width: 18.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


11th-13th century
Circa 1000 - 1299

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Components of the work

Interior composed of slip ( cream) pigment ( green, brown) glaze
Upper Exterior composed of pigment ( green, brown) glaze
Rim Diameter 16.7 cm
Base Diameter 7.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red-brown wheel-thrown earthenware coated cream slip which is carved and coloured in with green or brown in selected areas, all under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular card tie on label with string attached

  • Text: ISCER/992
  • Location: Loose
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.417-1991
Primary reference Number: 74981
Packing number: ISCER992
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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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