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Tea bowl: C.190-1934

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Koetsu (Imitation)




Hand-built tea bowl of globular form with irregular rim. A rough
red Raku ware painted in a salmon pink over a cream slip and decorated with a fine pine sapling and inscription in black (‘His longevity like a mountain , his ancestors all come from the East to celebrate his 83rd birthday’); this is possibly when the original owner visited the Sumiyoshi Shrine, and bought the tea bowl outside the shrine . The whole is finely covered in a cloudy white glaze which fills the uneven dips in the body. The inside is rough; the inner hollow was done by four scrapings. Raku spiral in the centre of the foot ring.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn RA

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.50 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Edo period (1615-1868) / Meiji period (1868-1912)
Circa 1800 - Circa 1899


This tea bowl is an imitation of Koetsu

Components of the work

Decoration composed of painting ( black)
All Except Foot composed of pigment ( salmon pink)
Rim Diameter 11.20 cm
Bowl Diameter 12.90 cm
Foot Diameter 5.20 cm

Materials used in production

cloudy white Glaze
cream Slip
red Raku clay Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)
Slip dipping

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.190-1934
Primary reference Number: 72833
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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