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Cup stand: C.64-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Cup stand with flowers. Stoneware, thrown, luted, carved and incised and celadon-glazed. This stand has a tray with flat everted rim, and a domed central support. The support is exquisitely decorated to resemble a lotus flower with carved and incised petals outside and a seed pod in the recessed centre. The tray is incised with closely-set radiating lines and the rim with a delicate and vivid flower scroll. The glaze is of fine jade colour; glossy and masterly applied. Eight quartzite spur-marks can be seen on the base.


History note: Collection of the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works Museums, no. 5963; acquired from Sydney Moss in December 1958

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 17.5 cm

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, Mid#
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1130 CE - 1160 CE


Probably Sadang-ri ware.

This piece, which is one of the finest of the numerous Koryo cup stands, was presumably made at the Sadang-ri kilns around 1150, when celadon wares were particularly well decorated. No direct counterpart appears to be recorded.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Cup Stand composed of stoneware Height 5.6 cm
Foot Diameter 11.3 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.64-1984
Primary reference Number: 16120
Old object number: 47
Box number: 47
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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