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Bowl: C.450 & A-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Bowl and stand with flowers. Stoneware, thrown, shaped, luted, incised and celadon-glazed. The wide bowl is of five-petalled flower shape with a low footring. The stand has a tray of matching five-petalled shape, a plain support for the bowl and a spreading foot and is open in the centre. Both bowl and stand are carved with overlapping petals and the bowl has a raised centre to represent the stamens. The petals of the bowl are outlined both inside and out with incised borders of foliage scrolls (tangch'o) and on the inside each petal is further incised with a single flower spray. The glaze is of clear pale bluish-green jade colour, evenly applied and with a subtle gloss, the glaze of the stand being slightly darker than that of the bowl, and both pieces have a fine crackle. The bowl has three quartzite spur-marks on the base, the stand shows traces of six fire-clay spurs on the footring.


History note: Collection of Sir George Sansom. Sold Sotheby's, London, 10th December 1968, lot 41

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1100 CE - 1150 CE


Despite their similarity in shape these two pieces probably originally did not belong together, judging by the differences in glaze colour, decoration and firing method. Bowls and stands of flower shape can be found in Chinese Ru ware of the Song dynasty, and the relationship between Korean pieces and their Chinese counterparts still needs further study. Pieces like these were made in the mature period of Koryo celadon, in the first half of the twelfth century, both in kiln no.7 at Sadang-ri, Kangjin-gun, South Cholla province, and in kiln no.12 at Yuch'on-ri, Puan-gun, North Cholla province.

Probably Sadang-ri ware.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Bowl Rim Diameter 11.5 cm
Stand Rim Diameter 14.5 cm
Bowl Foot Diameter 3.7 cm
Stand Foor Diameter 5.8 cm
Bowl Height 4.1 cm
Stand Height 5.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, shaped, luted, incised and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.450 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16104
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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