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Maker/s

Unknown (potter)

Collection

Henry Scipio Reitlinger

Category

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

Name

bowl

School/Style

Seljuk

Monumental style

Description

Frtiwate with white and blue glaze painted in lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with an opaque white glaze on the exterior and a streaked, pitted blue glaze on the interior both slightly crazed and painted with yellow-brown lustre. Shape: bowl with slightly bulbous vertical sides and an everted rim descending via a carination onto a moderately high foot ring. Exterior: Central frieze on the body comprises foliated vegetation and palmettes painted in reverse against a lustred background, it is contained above and below by a concentric band of lustre. The interior of each leaf and stem is outlined in a single painted lustre line. Glaze covers the body to the upper part of the foot ring and splashed spots of light blue, from the interior glaze, are visible at two points. Interior: A concentric band of lustre paint decorates the rim over a blue glaze.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with an opaque white glaze on the exterior and a streaked, pitted blue glaze on the interior both slightly crazed and painted with yellow-brown lustre

Dimensions

height: (whole): 12.5 cm
width: (whole): 17.3 cm
diameter: (rim): 17.3 cm
diameter: (base): 8.2 cm
weight: (whole): 594 g

Period

late 12th Century

Date

circa 1179 to 1198

Provenance

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

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. label
    Position: loose
    Method: hand written in black ink
    Content: ISCER/604
    Description: paper tie on label with string attached and a green sticker adhered to the string
    Interpretation: Wendy Rose packing label created when collection was moved from Maidenhead

Documentation

  1. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. closest parallel for scrolling vegetal design see catalogue number 20b (p. 57). Cf. vessel form figure 7 (p. 51). Ref. for monumental style]
  2. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 353]
    [comments: Cf. vessel form see Cat. O.10]
  3. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 128-150]
    [comments: Cf. vegetal design see ‘line-leaf’ motif and its use]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.446-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75127; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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