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Bowl: C.24-1998

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Square section bowl. Hard paste porcelain, thickly potted, and painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red, pale red, green, and black enamels, and gold. Square with deep curving sides rising from a thick tapering square foot with a flat, glazed base. Slightly everted lip. Rim edged in pale brown. Decorated in the middle with a katobuki (good fortune) symbol, and below the rim in underglaze blue with scrolling fern punctuated with flowerheads. Two opposing outer sides are decorated with quatrefoil bracketed reserves with flowers and ferns, and the other opposing two sides with peach shaped reserves with peony sprays, all partly against a gilt and red scroll, and partly a green and black dotted ground with a red and gilt peony on each corner. A band of wavy blue "woodgrain" encircles the foot.


History note: Christies, London, from whom purchased by the donor in 1995

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm
Width: 11.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1730


The assymetrical reserves suggest a date after 1730. The scrolled 'flowers' are close to the Han silverware type.

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1998
Primary reference Number: 28698
Irene Finch collection: 95/20
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 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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