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Crane shaped dish: C.31-1998

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Current Location: In storage


Crane shaped dish






Hard paste porcelain, relief-moulded, covered with a greyish blue glaze, and painted in black, iron red and pale red enamels, and gold. Modelled in the shape of a bird in flight. The rounded sides rest on a high foot. The bird's features and plumage detailed in gold, red and black with a pale iron red wash. The edge is gilt. The underside is decorated with two shells and two artemisia leaves with ribbons, and the foot with "silkworm" motif all in iron red.


History note: Christies, from whom purchased by the donor in 1993

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.5 cm
Width: 18.0 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


The footring is applied separately, not moulded. The feathers are moulded in detail but the moulded head is that of an egret. The painting is very accurate and of high quality. There are pinholes. There is slight oxidation.

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Bird shaped dish, hard-paste porcelain, moulded, covered with a grey blue glaze, and painted in black, iron red and pale red enamels, and gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.31-1998
Primary reference Number: 28713
Irene Finch collection: 93/16
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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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