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Unknown (potter)


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






fritware with a clear glaze painted in lustre

fritware, moulded, coated in a clear glaze painted in brownish lustre Shape: everted rim on a straight neck with bulbous body incorporating a carination in the upper section, sits on a low foot ring. Exterior: the neck is a copper alloy replacement, while the upper body is painted with a cross hatch pattern with a roughly painted central lozenge. On the shoulder, a concentric band is painted, while on the lower body a frieze, of scrolling tendrils and buds, is enclosed above and below by narrow leaves. Further concentric bands are painted below this frieze on the foot ring. Glaze runs over the foot ring unevenly including the underside but leaves small areas uncovered. Interior: glazed but otherwise undecorated.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country)

Iranian (potter) (nationality)

Technique Description

fritware, moulded, coated in a clear glaze painted in brownish lustre


height: (whole): 10.6 cm
width: (whole): 12.4 cm
diameter: (rim): 4.5 cm
diameter: (base): 6.7 cm
weight: (whole): 392 g


17th or 18th Century


circa 1600 to 1799


bequeathed: Riches, Thomas Henry 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

T.H. Riches

T.H. Riches Bequest, 1950


  1. Hetjens Museum (1973) Islamische Keramik, Dusseldorf [page: 112]
    [comments: Cf. similar shaped spittoon in lustre but with different pattern see catalogue number 140]
  2. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 157-175]
    [comments: Cf. Safavid and Qajar spittoons see colour plate P (p. 130) and figure 147 (p. 173). Ref. on Safavid and later lustre]
  3. Fehervari, Geza (2000) Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, London and New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers [page: 270-303]
    [comments: Cf. similar spittoon but with different decoration, see catalogue number 340 CER II3ITSR (p. 280). Ref. on Safavid and Qajar pottery]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.39-1950 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 74771; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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