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Unknown (potter)


Frank Brangwyn Collection


fritware (stonepaste)
Islamic pottery (sub-category)lustreware (sub-category)





Kashan style


fritware with white glaze painted in lustre

pinkish buff fritware, wheel thrown, coated with a white glaze, slightly crazed and pitted, painted in red-brown lustre. Shape: conical bowl with plain rim and moderately high foot ring. Interior: rim is painted with a band of lustre, while the body is covered with a six panel pattern radiating from a central star; the latter painted in lustre with light scratching. The panels alternate between a circular pattern of scrolling vines and leaves, painted in reserve against a lustred ground, and a more complex theme including Arabic script (cursive), also painted in reserve, alongside bands or palmettes both containing scrolls painted in lustre. Separating these panels, vertical friezes of Arabic script (cursive) are painted in lustre. Exterior: on the body, a repeating, but roughly painted, chain-stripe motif is contained between two thick bands of lustre Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body and onto the foot ring in places. Burn mark on a section of the rim results from firing.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

pinkish buff fritware, wheel thrown, coated with a white glaze, slightly crazed and pitted, painted in red-brown lustre


height: (whole): 8.4 cm
width: (whole): 18.7 cm
diameter: (rim): 18.7 cm
diameter: (base): 7.5 cm
weight: (whole): 265 g


early 13th Century


circa 1300 to 1325


bought: Brangwyn, Frank 1935 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund


  1. inscription
    Position: interior surface
    Method: painted by hand
    Description: vertical friezes of script are painted in lustre
    Interpretation: talisman or charm
    Language: Persian language in Arabic (cursive) script
  2. inscription
    Position: interior surface
    Method: painted by hand
    Description: painted in reserve as part of design in radiating wedge shaped panels
    Language: Persian language in Arabic script (nashki)
  3. label
    Position: inside foot
    Method: printed, typed, hand written
    Content: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "112" (hand written in black)
    Description: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge adhered to exterior base, partially obscured by Fitzwilliam Museum accession number
    Interpretation: Possibly Victoria and Albert Museum label
    Language: English


  1. Bahrami, Mehdi (1949) Gurgan Faiences, Cairo
    [comments: Cf. radiating panel design (although in different format except for vertical friezes of Arabic script) see Pl. LIX, Cf. central star with radiating design (but different format) see Pl. LX]
  2. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 50, 86-109]
    [comments: Cf. chain stripe decoration see catalogue numbers 77 and 78 (p. 101) and Cf. vessel form see figure 2 (p. 50). Ref. on Kashan style]
  3. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 123-130, 149-150]
    [comments: Cf. vessel form figure 6.6, ASH 15, 20, 05 (p. 150) and motif KL.16 (p. 149) and Ref. for dating of Kashan lustre wares]

Other Notes

Similar decorative style on a vessel in the Louvre dated to 612/1215 see catalogue number MAO 526, accessible from

Accession Number

C.121-1935 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 71567; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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