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Bowl: C.452-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in four colours under a clear glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black, blue, purple and turquoise under a clear glaze.
Shape: carinated bowl with inverted rim sitting on a foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted black and a black concentric line in painted on the neck. On the body a vertical panel frieze, enclosed within two concentric lines, radiates from the base. The panels alternate between narrow and wide versions. The narrow panels are filled with a chain stripe pattern outlined in black and coloured in purple and turquoise, painted against a blue background. The wider panels contain either a similar chain stripe pattern, except on a white ground, or a black diagonal cross made from dashed lines above a dotted line. In the roundel, enclosed within a plain black line, a blue prancing hare is painted against a background o f leafy foliage in which leaves coloured turquoise, purple or blue on black stalks.
Exterior: black paint on rim continues onto exterior. On the neck a narrow frieze of blue and black ‘V’ shapes is enclosed within two black concentric lines. On the body, alternating pairs of blue and black lines radiate from the lower body towards a black concentric line on the upper body. The glaze runs unevenly onto the lower body and foot ring; the underside of the foot ring is also glazed.


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: 532 g
Width: 22.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1260 - 1399

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Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue, purple and turquoise) glaze ( clear)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue)
Exterior composed of glaze ( clear, runs unevenly onto the lower body and foot ring; the underside of the foot ring is also glazed)
Rim Diameter 20.5 cm
Base Diameter 8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black, blue, purple and turquoise under a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.452-1991
Primary reference Number: 75158
Packing number: ISCER 1000
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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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