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Bowl: C.5-1969

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in grey slip, painted in white slip and black under a clear glaze

Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a grey slip with decoration painted in white slip outlined in black under a clear glaze
Shape: carinated bowl with slightly everted rim sitting on a wide, moderately high foot ring. Body is not symmetrical and sits at a slight angle.
Interior: rim is painted black. On the body, a concentric band encloses decoration comprising two prancing asses painted against a black hatched background containing leaves and flowers. Except for the hatched ground, all decoration on the body is painted in white slip and outlined in black, with black detail in the form of dots on the animals, or petals and veins on the foliage.
Exterior: black paint continues on the rim. On the neck a calligraphic band on a black hatched ground is enclosed above and below by concentric bands, all painted in white slip and outlined in black. Radiating from two black concentric lines on the lower body, regular lotus petals in white slip with black outline contain black dotted lines. Glaze runs slightly unevenly over the lower surface to a point on the foot ring. The underside of the foot ring is also partially glazed.


History note: Lady Barlow

Legal notes

Given by Lady Barlow

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.9 cm
Weight: 2313 g
Width: 34 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1969) by Barlow, Lady


20th century
Production date: 1950 AD 1900


Imitates Sultanabad ware

School or Style

modern imitation

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear, runs slightly unevenly over the lower surface, leaving spots uncovered, to a point on the foot ring, partially covers underside) slip ( white)
Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear) slip ( white)
Base Diameter 12.5 cm
Rim Diameter 29.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a grey slip with decoration painted in white slip outlined in black under a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1969
Primary reference Number: 75389
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 July 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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