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Small plate: C.183B-1934

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Studio Kenzan (Pottery)


A square stoneware plate, small and shallow. Underglaze brushwork of bamboo in black, together with inscriptions in Chinese characters. Cloud decorations around the outside.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn, RA

Legal notes

Bought from Frank Brangwyn, using the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.00 cm
Width Of The Square Plate: 9.50 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934-09-20) by Brangwyn, Frank


18th century
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1700 - Circa 1799


This plate is one of three square plates set ( C.183A,B & C-1934) belong to the Japanese Pottery collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum

Components of the work

Decoration composed of pigment ( black pigment)

Materials used in production

iron undergalze Glaze Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) Hand-built

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Four Chinese characters read ' the wind blowing to the thin bamboo branches' painted by KENZAN

  • Text: four Chinese characters verse inscribed by KENZAN
  • Location: On the plate
  • Method of creation: Brushed
  • Type: Maker's mark and the inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.183B-1934
Primary reference Number: 72738
Old number: BJ.178
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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