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Stem cup: C.67-1935

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Frtiware with a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, covered in a white glaze painted in blue and brown lustre
Shape: stemmed cup with conical bowl and plain rim on a stem with a collared neck and flaring foot.
Interior: rim is painted with a lustre band under which a frieze of Arabic is painted. On the body Arabic script is painted in blue surrounded by scrolling leaves painted in reserve against a background of lustre scrolls.
Exterior: all decoration is painted in lustre. Between two lustre bands painted on the rim and lower body of the cup, a wavey line and lustre scrolls are painted in a frieze that is enclosed by concentric lines. Glaze runs over the lower body of the cup and stem, terminating at a mid point below the collar.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Weight: 343 g
Width: 15.5 cm

Relative size of this object

15.5 cm11.5 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

  • Raqqa ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1905-04-18) by Brangwyn, Frank


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1265 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Bowl Interior composed of pigment ( blue) Bowl composed of oxide colours ( brown lustre) glaze ( white) Stem composed of glaze ( white on upper surface only) Rim Diameter 15.1 cm
Base Diameter 7 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script painted free hand on surface of pot

  • Location: Bowl interior
  • Method of creation: Painting underglaze in blue pigment
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: script painted free hand on surface of pot

  • Location: Bowl interior
  • Method of creation: Painting overglaze in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent By/No' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '175' (hand written)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written on surface

  • Text: 175
  • Location: Stem
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: hand wirtten on surface

  • Text: 24600
  • Location: Underside of foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written in blue ink
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.67-1935
Primary reference Number: 75789
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.175
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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