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Jar: C.53-1911

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Current Location: In storage






Fritware, coated in a white slip painted in two shades of blue under a colourless glaze

Buff fritware, probably mould made, coated in a white slip painted in blue with dark blue outlines under a colourless glaze
Shape: circular, bulbous body on a disc base, brass replacement lid terminating in a finial.
Exterior: on the shoulder a frieze of panels of a swastika or Y-shaped pattern, separated by lozenge medallions containing floral designs painted in reserve. On the body three large circular medallions are flanked by smaller circular medallions all on a background of swastika or cross shaped patterns. Inside the medallions individual birds, deer or insects, are depicted in landscapes incorporating water, rocks and foliage. On the lower body a frieze of stylised lotus heads painted in reserve within panels. Glaze runs over the body to the base. The lid is decorated with panels of foliage separated by concentric bands of leaves.
Interior: glazed, otherwise undecorated.


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, probably part of lot 140, sold for 20 guineas to Riches with several items later ceded to the FWM

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 43 cm
Weight: 8061 g
Width: 33.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, first half#
Circa 1600 - Circa 1650

School or Style

Safavid (1501-1738)

Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( two shades of blue)
Lid And Collar composed of copper alloy
Rim Diameter 14 cm
Base Diameter 16 cm
Hinge And Clasp

Materials used in production

colourless, pitted Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff fritware, probably mould made, coated in a white slip painted in blue with dark blue outlines under a colourless glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square paper label with serrated edges except on lower edge

  • Text: red line (printed on the upper edge), ‘140/4’ (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53-1911
Primary reference Number: 75439
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 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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