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Bowl: C.506-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Brown earthenware with cream slip incised under an amber glaze

Brown wheel-thrown earthenware coated with a cream slip which is incised under an amber glaze.
Shape: Tall conical bowl with plain rim and steeply sloping sides with a horizontal ridge on lower body exterior, descending via a sharp carination onto a foot ring with slightly flaring profile.
Interior: Yellow surface colour produced from a thick cream slip coating under an amber glaze. On the upper body a pair of concentric lines frames a frieze of paired leaves or petals surrounded by scrolls. On the lower body, a concentric scalloped line is located above three fish with features including eyes and fins. On the base, within concentric lines, an incised palmette is surrounded by scrolling lines.
Exterior: rim is glazed but with no underlying slip, producing a dark brown colour. Remainder of exterior surface is yellow in colour but slightly different in tone and glassier in appearance to vessel interior, possibly as the result of a thinner cream slip under the amber glaze. On the upper body two concentric lines enclose a frieze of fishes, surrounded by scrolls. On the lower body, immediately above the carination, a repeating vegetal pattern of abstract palmettes and scrolls is incised.


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: 16.8 cm
Weight: 1,254 g
Width: 26.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Probably 1300 CE - 1399 CE

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Components of the work

Rim Diameter 25.4 cm
Base Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

amber, glassier on exterior surface Glaze
cream, possibly thicker on inside than outside of vessel Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown wheel-thrown earthenware coated with a cream slip which is incised under an amber glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.506-1991
Primary reference Number: 75334
Packing number: ISCER 60
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 February 2019 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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