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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


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





Monumental style


Fritware with a white glaze and lustre decoration

Buff fritware, wheel thrown bowl with yellow-brown lustre decoration over an opaque white, crazed glaze. Shape: conical bowl with plain rim and foot ring. Interior: painted in lustre, small crescent shapes above a concentric line decorate the rim area. The central decoration, painted in reserve against a lustred background, depicts a seated male figure with a beard, wearing a headdress and spotted gown and holding a mace in his right hand. The background is covered with a scrolling vine with palmette leaves. Exterior: Rim is decorated with a band of lustre and below it, occupying the body of the vessel, is a repeating pattern of interlaced arabesques. The crazed glaze extends down the exterior to a mid point on the foot ring.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Buff fritware, wheel thrown bowl with yellow-brown lustre decoration over a clear, crazed glaze


height: (whole): 7.8 cm
width: (whole): 18.8 cm
diameter: (rim): 18.8 cm
diameter: (base): 6.7 cm
weight: (whole): 305 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: exterior base
    Method: hand written in pencil
    Content: 313 / L
    Description: Circular paper label with a serrated edge


  1. Sotheby's (1986) Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles, London [page: 18] 15 October 1986)
    [comments: Publ. lot 89, withdrawn. Estimate £700-1,000]
  2. Lane, Arthur (1947) Early Islamic Pottery, London: Faber and Faber
    [comments: Cf. similar decorative styles see catalogue number 52C and 53C]
  3. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. vessel form see Figure 2 (p. 50) and for similar decorative design (especially scrolling vine) but with different themes see catalogue number 10 and 12, (p. 47 and 53). Also see for Ref. on monumental style]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.436-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75088; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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