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Bowl: C.577-1991

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Unknown (Potter)


Fritware, painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, slightly crazed glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim and a low, wide foot ring
Interior: rim is painted black, while on the remainder of the body three decorative friezes are contained with black concentric lines. On the neck a frieze of roughly drawn black cartouche containing black lines and dots are separated by pairs of blue vertical lines. On the body, blue pointed archways, with black triangular fillers, contain vertical panels of Arabic lettering (possibly pseudo-calligraphic) or blue scrolling lines and black dotted irregular shapes. On the base a blue rosette is surrounded by black wavey lines and contains black dotted irregular shapes.
Exterior: the rim is painted black, while on the neck a frieze of blue and black ‘V’ shapes with alternating orientation, are contained within a black concentric lines. Radiating from the lower body, alternating pairs of blue or black lines rise to meet a black concentric line. Glaze covers the lower body and runs unevenly onto the foot


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: 8.7 cm
Weight: 435 g
Width: 21.8 cm

Relative size of this object

21.8 cm8.7 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1275 - 1399 1399

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body: composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, covers the lower body and runs unevenly onto the foot ring) Interior: composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear) Rim: Diameter 21.8 cm
Base: Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, slightly crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.577-1991
Primary reference Number: 75564
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 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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