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Bottle: C.11-1926

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Porcelain, thrown, painted in copper-red and glazed. This bottle has a long cylindrical neck, a wide pear-shaped body, and a low footring. Except for the lowest part of the body, the vessel is entirely painted in a dark red copper-oxide with a faint honeycomb design in a slightly darker tone and covered overall by a pale bluish-white glaze. Coarse sand from the kiln support adheres to the base. The mouth has been repaired with gold lacquer.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1926-07-11) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


19th Century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1800 - 1900


This bottle is an extremely rare piece of Choson porcelain, in fact the only example of this form to be covered entirely in underglaze copper-red. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the neck of such bottles became long and cylindrical. Judging by its shape, colour and its sandy base, the bottle looks like the product of a provincial kiln. For a nineteenth-century water dropper in the Seoul National Museum, also decorated overall in this shade of red, see Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol.19, 1980, pl.209; and for a hexagonal bottle with the same distinctive proportions, but painted in underglaze-red and blue, ibid. pl.203.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Rim Diameter 5.0 cm
Foot Diameter 9.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, painted in copper-red and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-1926
Primary reference Number: 16520
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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