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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


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





Monumental style


Fritware with white and blue glaze under lustre paint

Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown with white and pitted blue glaze, both crazed and painted in yellow-brown lustre. Shape: hemispherical dish with a flange rim and a low foot ring. Interior: decoration entirely in reserve against a lustred background. On the rim, a frieze of small circles is enclosed above and below by concentric lines; blue pigment from the exterior glaze forms irregular spots of colour. The central decoration features a horseman, seated on a harnessed horse adorned with a starred blanket. The horseman wears a hat and a tunic; the latter decorated with groups of dots that match the larger groups of dots on the horse’s body. The background contains scrolling vines with palmette leaves. Exterior: a lustre band decorates the rim, while the blue glaze on the body extends to the upper foot ring.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown with white and pitted blue glaze, both crazed and painted in yellow-brown lustre


height: (whole): 5.3 cm
width: (whole): 25.5 cm
diameter: (rim): 25.3 cm
diameter: (base): 9.7 cm
weight: (whole): 462 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. label
    Position: base exterior
    Method: handwritten in pencil
    Content: illegible, possibly arabic
    Description: square paper label with torn edges


  1. Sotheby's (1986) Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles, London [page: 21] 15 October 1986)
    [comments: Publ. lot 97, withdrawn. Estimate £300-500]
  2. Lane, Arthur (1947) Early Islamic Pottery, London: Faber and Faber
    [comments: Cf. similar decorative style and mounted horsemen see catalogue numbers 52C and 53C]
  3. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. style of decoration and with identical scrolling vines see catalogue numbers 9 and 10 (p. 47); Cf. vessel form see figure 1 (p. 50); Ref. on ‘monumental’ style]
  4. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 351]
    [comments: Cf. similar exterior decoration but on a different vessel form see catalogue number Cat.O.7]
  5. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 152]
    [comments: Cf. similar vessel form see figure 6.8, catalogue number ASH10]

Other Notes

Conforms to Watson’s monumental style, although Sotheby’s refer to the bowl as ‘Rayy monumental’ style

Accession Number

C.435-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75086; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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