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Bowl fragment: C.459-1991

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Probably Unknown (Potter)


Fritware painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably moulded, painted in black and blue under a clear glaze.
Shape: irregular base fragment incorporating foot ring
Interior: on the base, a roundel is formed by thin black concentric lines. Around the interior edge of the roundel semi-ovals are outlined in black and coloured blue; the remaining central area contains a black lotus flower with blue core surrounded by black trefoil leaves painted against a dashed black ground. The beginning of a pattern that radiates from this roundel is visible around the break.
Exterior: a thick black concentric line is partially visible on the lower body. The glaze covers the surface unevenly, running onto the foot ring. Spots of glaze are present on the underside of the 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: 4 cm
Weight: 325 g
Width: 13.7 cm

Relative size of this object

13.7 cm4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Fustat ⪼ Egypt
  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear) Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) Exterior composed of glaze ( clear, covers the surface unevenly, running onto the foot ring. Spots of glaze are present on the underside of the foot ring) Base Diameter 10 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably moulded, painted in black and blue under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand written in pencil directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: 15
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.459-1991
Primary reference Number: 75172
Packing number: ISCER 634
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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