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Bowl: C.506-1991

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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

Relative size of this object

26.2 cm16.8 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Probably 1300 CE - 1399 1399 CE

School or Style


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 Earthenware

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.506-1991
Primary reference Number: 75334
Packing number: ISCER 60
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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