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Water-pipe: C.49-1911

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a transparent glaze

Fritware, probably moulded, painted in blue with black outlining, under a transparent glaze
Shape: bulbous pear shaped body with hole for a pipe. No neck but instead a flat rim descending into a recess with a central hole, sits on a flat base.
Exterior: rim is decorated with tendrils, leaves and circle quadrants, all delineated within concentric lines on the inner surface. The exterior edge of the lip is not glazed. The central frieze on the body is framed by double lappets above and below by wave scrolls. A landscape of rocks, trees and waterfalls on that central frieze is populated by a horned, spotted cow and a figure, holding a staff, whose robes swirl around his lower body,. The glaze extends over the entire body but not onto the underside of the base.
Interior: glazed around the rim but not on the body


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 132

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Weight: 716 g
Width: 14.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
Circa 1650 - 1750

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( transparent, extends over the entire body but not onto the underside of the base)
Interior Rim composed of glaze ( transparent)
Rim Diameter 9.3 cm
Base Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably moulded, painted in blue with black outlining, under a transparent glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: 49/11
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: inscribed directly onto the glaze, partially worn away

  • Text: 2642
  • Location: Lower body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.49-1911
Primary reference Number: 75279
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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