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Inkwell and cover: BL.18 & A-1995

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Square inkwell with original liner and cover. Made from hard paste porcelain, with painted overglaze in polychrome enamels and gilding. Decorated with the 'three friends' (pine, prunus and bamboo) while the lid is decorated with a figure in a pavilion.

Legal notes

On loan from Douglas and Mary Barrett

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.1 cm
Length: 13 cm
Width: 13 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (1995) by Barrett, Douglas and Mary

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: BL.18 & A-1995
Primary reference Number: 140083
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 12 October 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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