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Bowl: C.91-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Frtiware coated in grey painted with white slip and black under a colourless glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in grey, painted with white slip and black pigment, covered with a colourless glaze
Shape: carinated bowl with ‘T’ shaped rim, sits on a narrow foot ring
Interior: rim is painted black with dotted, narrow concentric lines of white. The remaining decoration is painted in white slip and outlined in black on a grey ground containing black dashes. On the body a frieze of flying phoenix and lobbed cartouche are surrounded by curled leaves. In the roundel, a stag is painted on a similar background, which also contains a lotus flower. Glaze pools in the base, partially obscuring the decoration in the roundel.
Exterior: on the neck a pseudo calligraphic band is painted in the same technique as on the interior body. On the body, imitating a lotus petal design, white arcading is outlined in black and contains a dotted black line. Glaze covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.6 cm
Weight: 904 g
Width: 22 cm

Relative size of this object

22 cm11.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


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

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( colourless, pools in the base, partially obscuring the decoration in the roundel) slip ( grey, coats vessel) slip ( painted to form decoration)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) slip ( grey, coats vessel) slip ( white, painted to form decoration)
Exterior composed of glaze ( colourless, covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 22 cm
Base Diameter 7.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in grey, painted with white slip and black pigment, covered with a colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '12' hand written
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: 12
  • Location: Lower body
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.91-1935
Primary reference Number: 76348
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.12
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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