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Bowl: C.423-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a clear crazed glaze
Shape: T shaped rim, segmental bowl and a low foot ring
Interior: rim is painted in blue, whole the body and base are covered with scrolling vines with leaves, palmettes or a rosette, all of which are filled with small circles and sometimes dots. The background is painted in blue with a pair of parallel black concentric lines delimiting the decoration on the upper body. Two scars on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device during firing.
Exterior: repeating vertical water weed pattern is painted in black and separated by pairs of blue lines. Clear glaze runs unevenly over lower body onto the foot ring with some glaze splashed onto the underside of the base.


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: 11.7 cm
Weight: 951 g
Width: 25.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century
Circa 1200 - 1299


Vessel incorporates elements associated with pre and post Mongol conquest

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed, runs unevenly over lower body onto the foot ring, also splashed on underside of the base)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear, crazed)
Base Diameter 11.2 cm
Rim Diameter 25.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a clear crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.423-1991
Primary reference Number: 75043
Packing number: ISCER 597
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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