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Dish: C.9-2007

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Production: Unknown




Hard-paste porcelain, painted underglaze blue with stylized flowers. This dish has a slightly rounded, shallow cavetto. The wall above the cavetto slants outward to form a wide, flattened mouth with a foliated rim. In the centre of the dish decorated with ducks next to a lotus pond and the panels of the rim are subdivided into four ornamental pairs that face each other across the dish. Cobalt blue was applied throughout to outline the motifs, which were then coloured with shades of blue typical of the Wanli style, but the glaze is degraded. A spare linear design of simplified panels and bands with tassels is sketched on the exterior.


History note: From the 'Hatcher Cargo' salvaged from a wreck which sank near Jakarta about 1643. R & G McPherson Antiques, 40 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BX

History note: From the Hatcher cargo (c.1643)

Legal notes

Purchased with S. V. Finn Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.5 cm
Height: 5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2007-03-05) by R & G McPherson Antiques


Wanli Period (1573-1620)
Production date: circa AD 1643 : the vessel carrying the 'Hatcher Cargo' sank about 1643


This dish belongs to a class of Chinese porcelain known as 'kraak' porcelain, a term probably derived from carrack, the name of a type of ship which traded with the Far East

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulded : Hard-paste porcelain, painted underglaze in blue
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-2007
Primary reference Number: 145436
Entry form number: 838
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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