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Dish: C.435-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with white and blue glaze under lustre paint

Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown with white and pitted blue glaze, both crazed and painted in yellow-brown lustre.
Shape: hemispherical dish with a flange rim and a low foot ring.
Interior: decoration entirely in reserve against a lustred background. On the rim, a frieze of small circles is enclosed above and below by concentric lines; blue pigment from the exterior glaze forms irregular spots of colour. The central decoration features a horseman, seated on a harnessed horse adorned with a starred blanket. The horseman wears a hat and a tunic; the latter decorated with groups of dots that match the larger groups of dots on the horse’s body. The background contains scrolling vines with palmette leaves.
Exterior: a lustre band decorates the rim, while the blue glaze on the body extends to the upper foot ring.


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: 5.3 cm
Weight: 462 g
Width: 25.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th/20th Century
Circa 1850 - Circa 1950

School or Style

modern fake

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue, pitted and crazed; extends to the upper foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, crazed)
Exterior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Rim Diameter 25.3 cm
Base Diameter 9.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown with white and pitted blue glaze, both crazed and painted in yellow-brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square paper label with torn edges

  • Text: illegible, possibly arabic
  • Location: Base exterior
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.435-1991
Primary reference Number: 75086
Packing number: ISCER 605
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 18 August 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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