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Plate: C.25-1998

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Plate. Hard-paste, greyish, porcelain, painted overglaze in red, green, aubergine and black enamels, and gold. Circular, with shallow rounded sides and narrow sloping rim, resting on a low tapering footring, with flat, glazed base. There is irregular glazing round the footring. The white central medallion is painted with scrolling stylised flower heads; the cavetto with six panels: three of peony/camellia plus Han "flowers" and leafless scrolling on concentric lozenge brocade alternating with three panels respectively of prunus, pine and bamboo on red trellis brocade. On the flat rim there is a red scrolling border and a gold band on the edge. Round the back are three sprays of prunus above one red line, and two red lines encircle the foot. Four spur marks on the base. There is a central bump on the base.


History note: Helen Buxton, from whom two were purchased by the donor

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.5 cm
Height: 3.4 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


According to the donor "Han flowers" are similar to those used on Han silver. The central flowers have a coin surrounded by peony leaflets, peony leaflets suggest mid century. Nabeshima used these "flowers" circa 19th Century, with leafless scrolling. Dating is difficult, possibly 17th Century, possibly a late revival (in later periods earlier revivals were made).

Japan, Arita

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-1998
Primary reference Number: 28699
Irene Finch collection: 92/95
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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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