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Bowl: C.494-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue (which has run into surrounding areas) with black outlining, under a clear, slightly crazed glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl sitting on a small, narrow foot ring
Exterior: flying birds in a landscape containing hillocks from which sprout leafed stems, adorned with occasional flowers, and tendril like cactus leaves. One bird, identical to that on the interior, is standing on a hillock. A pair of black concentric lines marks the upper and lower edges of this decoration. Glaze covers the body, pooling slightly on the exterior foot ring and covering the underside. The rim and edge of the foot ring appear unglazed.
Interior: on the rim a frieze of scrolling curls painted in reserve against a blue background, enclosed within two concentric lines. On the base a standing bird is depicted within a rocky landscape contained within two linear roundels.


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: 6.7 cm
Weight: 187 g
Width: 13.8 cm

Relative size of this object

13.8 cm6.7 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

  • Mashhad ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 17th century
Production date: circa AD 1650

School or Style


Components of the work

Rim Diameter 13.8 cm
Base Diameter 5.7 cm

Materials used in production

black, blue (runs into surrounding area) Pigment
clear, pools slightly on the exterior foot ring and covering the underside, edge of rim and foot ring uncovered Glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in blue (which has run into surrounding areas) with black outlining, under a clear, slightly crazed glaze
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: cross-hatch painter's mark painted under the glaze

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: semi-oval paper label

  • Text: blue border and 'No.' (printed); JM/101 (hand written)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.494-1991
Primary reference Number: 75293
Packing number: ISCER 985
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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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