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Bowl: C.579-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white slip painted black and blue under a turquoise glaze

Earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip, painted in black and blue under a crazed and pitted turquoise glaze
Shape: T-shaped rim on a segmental bowl with a low foot ring
Interior: rim is painted with black dashes and bands. On the neck a frieze of black comma shapes are separated by blue vertical lines and enclosed within a set of black concentric lines. A roughly painted blue cross radiates from the base over the body; between the arms a floral garland is painted in black with a blue central flower. A scar on the base indicates the use of a tripod stacking devise in the kiln.
Exterior: a black scrolling line on the neck. Glaze runs over the neck to a point on the upper body; the white slip covers the upper body with traces over the lower body.


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: 10.7 cm
Weight: 963 g
Width: 24 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


14th/15th Century
Circa 1300 - 1499

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Upper Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise) slip ( white)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( turquoise) slip ( white)
Rim Diameter 24 cm
Base Diameter 8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip, painted in black and blue under a crazed and pitted turquoise glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.579-1991
Primary reference Number: 75568
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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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