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Bottle: C.28-1998

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Current Location: In storage






Tokkuri (sake bottle). Hard paste porcelain, painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red, pale red, green, and aubergine enamels and gold. Square section presumably slab construction sake bottle with gently tapering sides, angular shoulder flat top, with a small cylindrical neck with projecting rim; flat unglazed base. The sides are decorated with upright rectangular panels. On two of the four faces they have designs of prunus and iris within iron-red and gilt zig-zags, surrounded by an underglaze blue frame, and reserved on a green, white, gilt and red patterned ground. The two other faces are decorated with dragons and clouds in underglaze blue diagonally separated by a gold and red zig-zag band from flowering prunus. The shoulder is painted with four panels, two of butterflies, and two of flower with a balustrade reserved on underglaze blue and gold. The flat section around the neck has four flower heads on an iron-red ground and plantain leaves circling the base of the neck.


History note: Portobello Market, from where purchased by the donor in 1989

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.7 cm
Width: 9.6 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


Both pinkish and gold-violet wash. Bright blue with "mug spots" (poorly ground cobalt).

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28-1998
Primary reference Number: 28710
Irene Finch collection: 89/95
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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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