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Bowl: C.44-1998

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Current Location: In storage






Hard paste porcelain, thin and white, painted underglaze in blue and overglaze with iron-red, pale red, green, black enamels, and gold. Circular with deep rounded sides, rising from a narrow foot. Decorated in the centre with two narrow blue concentric circles enclosing the Three Friends (pine, prunus and bamboo), and round the rim with a chequered diaper border beneath a pale brown rim. The outside is painted with two similar designs of chrysanthemum sprays in blue outline and wash with gilt details resting on a red and gold cloud scroll with gold and red flower heads and green leaves, above a border of Karakana (Chinese lotus) petals. The foot ring is encircled by two blue lines.


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

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 15.4 cm
Height: 8.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid-Late
Circa 1750 - 1800


According to the donor this is an example of the Three Friends ring, invented mid 18th Century and drawn, even when carelessly, in exactly the same positions. Otherwise the style of this bowl is identical with earlier types and easily confused.

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1998
Primary reference Number: 28782
Irene Finch collection: 97/44
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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