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Bowl: C.571-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Probably)




Earthenware coated in a brown slip painted brown and turquoise under a yellow glaze

Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a light brown slip, painted in brown and turquoise under yellow, slightly crazed glaze.
Shape: thickly potted, plain rim and straight neck descending via a carination onto a conical bowl that sits on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted at regular intervals with dashed lines, while on the neck triangles outlined in brown contain lozenges with a turquoise central dot. On the body, a radiating pattern of curvaceous vertical panels is contained between two horizsontal friezes comprising brown crosses. The panel design alternates between a brown zigzag line, contained within vertical lines and delimiting turquoise dots, and brown crosses. On the base, a roundel contains brown semi-ovals with turquoise dots around an unglazed central area. Three scar marks on the lower body indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: on the neck, a frieze of brown triangles contains turquoise dots. Glaze covers the surface to a mid-point on the lower body, while the brown slip covers the surface to the foot ring.


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: 11.2 cm
Weight: 1523 g
Width: 26.7 cm

Relative size of this object

26.7 cm11.2 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

  • Bukhara ⪼ Central Asia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1899 CE

Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( brown, turquoise) slip ( light brown) glaze ( yellow)
Exterior Neck composed of pigment ( brown, turquoise)
Exterior Body composed of slip ( light brown, covers surface to foot ring) glaze ( yellow)
Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 26.7 cm
Exterior Upper Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, covered with a light brown slip painted in brown and turquoise under yellow, slightly crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper supermarket modern pricing sticker; adjacent to the remains of a large rectangular paper label that has been removed

  • Text: 797990
  • Location: Interior neck
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with blue edging; overlies a circular paper label with scalloped edge that is blank

  • Text: 2B
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.571-1991
Primary reference Number: 75548
Packing number: ISCER 579
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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