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Maker/s

Unknown (potter)

Collection

Frank Brangwyn Collection

Category

fritware (stonepaste)

Name

stem cup
Islamic pottery
lustreware

School/Style

Ayyubid

Description

frtiware with a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

buff fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, covered in a white glaze painted in blue and brown lustre Shape: stemmed cup with conical bowl and plain rim on a stem with a collared neck and flaring foot. Interior: rim is painted with a lustre band under which a frieze of Arabic is painted. On the body Arabic script is painted in blue surrounded by scrolling leaves painted in reserve against a background of lustre scrolls. Exterior: all decoration is painted in lustre. Between two lustre bands painted on the rim and lower body of the cup, a wavey line and lustre scrolls are painted in a frieze that is enclosed by concentric lines. Glaze runs over the lower body of the cup and stem, terminating at a mid point below the collar.

Production Place

Raqqa (potter)

Syria (potter) (country) ()

Technique Description

buff fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, covered in a white glaze painted in blue and brown lustre

Dimensions

height: (whole): 11.5 cm
width: (whole): 15.5 cm
diameter: (rim): 15.1 cm
diameter: (base): 7 cm
weight: (whole): 343 g

Period

early 13th Century

Date

circa 1200 to 1265

Provenance

bought: Brangwyn, Frank 1905-04-18 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Position: bowl interior
    Method: painting underglaze in blue pigment
    Content:
    Description: script painted free hand on surface of pot
    Interpretation:
    Language: Arabic
    Translation: perfect and everlasting glory
  2. inscription
    Position: bowl interior
    Method: painting overglaze in lustre
    Content:
    Description: script painted free hand on surface of pot
    Interpretation:
    Language: Arabic
  3. label
    Position: exterior base (underside of foot ring)
    Method: printed, typed, hand written in black ink
    Content: 'Lent By/No' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '175' (hand written)
    Description: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge
    Interpretation: Possibly Victoria and Albert Museum label
    Language: English
  4. inscription
    Position: stem
    Method: hand written in black pencil
    Content: 175
    Description: hand written on surface
    Interpretation: old object number
  5. inscription
    Position: underside of foot ring
    Method: hand written in blue ink
    Content: 24600
    Description: hand wirtten on surface
    Interpretation: old object number

Documentation

  1. Tonghini, Cristina (1994) The fine wares of Ayyubid Syria, Oxford: Oxford University Press [page: 285-293]
    Source title: Cobalt and Lustre: The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. (
    [comments: Cf. Raqqa lustre with blue and lustre painted decoration see numbers 303-305]
  2. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 288-301]
    [comments: Cf. blue and lustre bowls from Raqqa see catalogue number Cat. K3 and K.4 (p. 292-3). Ref. on Syrian and Egyptian Wares in the 12th and 13th centuries]
  3. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 91-120]
    [comments: Cf. designs on Syrian pottery see SS.14 “line back” and SS.18 “calligraphy band” (figure 5.4) and see MMA.30 (figure 5.9) for similar shape. Ref. on Syrian stonepaste fabrics]
  4. Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn (2006) Raqqa Revisited, Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria, New Haven and London: Yale University Press
    [comments: Cf. similar shape and decoration see MMA 16 (p. 131). Ref. on Raqqa pottery]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.67-1935 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75789; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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