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Tea bowl: C.247-1934

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unknown




Footed chestnut coloured stoneware tea bowl of conical form. Thrown and turned, with a thin groove around the inside of the rim. Tenmoku glaze with small random light brown patches of different sizes, also many small circular areas of creamy glaze. Small circular hollow in centre of well. The creation of this hollow resulted in a crack in the base. This was sealed with Tenmoku glaze.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn, RA

Legal notes

Purchased from Frank Brangwyn, using the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.80 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century-13th Century#
Northern Song (960-1127)
Circa 1100 - Circa 1299


This bowl has very unusual glaze. No illustrations have been found of the cream and brown spots together on one pot. See Documentation for illustrations of a Tian ware shard with white spots and conical Tenmoku bowls with mottled brown spots.

Components of the work

All Except Base composed of glaze ( Tenmoku with small random light brown patches of different sizes)
Bowl Diameter 13.20 cm
Foot Diameter 3.80 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 60 B
  • Location: On side close to footring
  • Method of creation: Hand-written pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.247-1934
Primary reference Number: 73563
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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