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Bowl: C.23-1998

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Small square section bowl. Hard paste porcelain, possibly moulded, painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red, pale red, green, aubergine and black outlining and gold. Square, with deep sides tapering towards the bottom, with concave facets at each corner; high foot and recessed flat glazed base. The rim dips slightly in the middle of each side and rises at the corners, and is edged in a dark brown glaze. The inside is painted in the middle with a naturalistic peony spray in underglaze blue outline and wash within two narrow blue lines, and below the rim with a pendant motif in red and pale red. On the outside, two opposing sides are similarly decorated with a dragon amid cloud scrolls on a spotted green ground; and the other opposing two sides with symmetrical Karakusa (arabesque pattern) designs. The four concave facets have flower and leaf sprigs in panels. Narrow blue lines run round the panels on all sides.


History note: Pat Butt, Portobello, from whom purchased by the donor

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.9 cm
Width: 9.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-10-12) by Finch, Irene, Miss


18th Century
Circa 1700 - 1800


Japanese, Arita

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, pale red, green, aubergine, and black) gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red, pale red, green, aubergine and black outlining, and gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1998
Primary reference Number: 28696
Irene Finch collection: 96/30
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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