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Ewer: AAL.2 & A-2000

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Maker: Sakaida Kakiemon XIV




Water ewer and stopper made from hard paste porcelain, thrown and moudled, and painted overglaze in blue, bluish-green, red, yellowish-brown, and black enamels in Kakiemon style.
The ewer stands on a footring. It has a globular body with facetted sides, a tall cylindrical neck with projecting rim, a tall slightly curved spout, and an S-shaped handle with an upper dragon's head terminal. One side of the body is decorated with a large rock with branches of flowers and foliage on each side of it. The other side has a smaller rock and one branch of flowers and foliage on the right and two sprigs on the left.
The domed stopper is striped in red and has reversed gadrooning radiating from a pierced ball finial, the top of which is also red.
The base has 'Kakiemon' in running script, in undeglaze in blue.

Legal notes

On loan from Sir John Boyd

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.2 cm
Width: 15.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (2000) by Boyd, John, Sir

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Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: AAL.2 & A-2000
Primary reference Number: 140071
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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