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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


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





Monumental style


fritware, moulded with a white or blue glaze painted with lustre

fritware, moulded, covered with slightly pitted white or blue glaze, both crazed and painted with brown lustre. Shape: everted rim with bulbous collar and straight neck ending in two horizontal ridges. Four faces of the body are shaped to form figures, enhanced by painted decoration, each separated by a prominent vertical corner ridge; sits on a foot ring Exterior: mouth, neck and shoulder are decorated in lustre with concentric bands separating friezes of scrolling patterns which, on the collar, include jewel like motifs. On each side of the body, four female figures are painted in reserve, against a lustre background, wearing a headdress and a robe decorated with an inverted palmette leaf. Commas and jewel like motifs flank these figures while, on the vertical ridges at the corners of the vessel, friezes of Arabic script (cursive) are contained within vertical bands; all painted in lustre. Glaze runs unevenly over the very lowest part of the body and onto the foot ring. Lustre deteriorated on section of neck, possible due to misfiring. Interior: rim has a concentric band of lustre over a blue glaze that extends over visible sections of the upper body.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

fritware, moulded, covered with slightly pitted white or blue glaze, both crazed and painted with brown lustre


height: (whole): 32.1 cm
width: (whole): 20.6 cm
diameter: (rim): 6.5 cm
diameter: (base): 11.2 cm
weight: (whole): 1295 g


late 12th Century


circa 1179 to 1198


bequeathed: Reitlinger, Henry Scipio 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991


  1. inscription
    Position: corners
    Method: painted in lustre
    Description: on the vertical ridges at the corners of the vessel, friezes of script are contained within vertical bands
    Language: Persian language but in arabic script (cursive)
  2. label
    Position: base exterior
    Method: handwritten in purple ink (probably faded from black)
    Content: 538/a
    Description: circular paper label with serrated edge
  3. label
    Position: neck
    Method: handwritten in black ink
    Content: ISCER/641
    Description: rectangular card tie on label attached around the neck with string
    Interpretation: Wendy Rose packing number created when collection moved from Maidenhead


  1. Kelekian, Dikran Khan (1910) The Kelekian Collection of Persian and Analogous Potteries 1885-1910, Paris: Herbert Clarke
    [comments: Cf. similar form and decoration see Plate 15]
  2. Bahrami, Mehdi (1949) Gurgan Faiences, Cairo [page: Pl. XCIV]
    [comments: Cf. ridged bottle with Arabic inscriptions, but differs in overall shape and use of colour]
  3. Grube, Ernst J. (1994) Cobalt and Lustre: The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery. The Nasser D. Khalili of Islamic Art., Oxford: Oxford University Press [page: 223-4]
    [comments: Cf. moulded lusterware bottles see catalogue numbers 245 and 246]
  4. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. moulded lusterware bottle with jewel like motif see catalogue number 30 (p. 63). Ref. on ‘monumental’ style]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.430-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75062; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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