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Punch bowl: C.2472-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue on the outside with two panels each containing two Chinese figures in a landscape in late Ming style, and inside with the date 1671

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed overall, and painted in blue. The bowl stands on a footring and has deep curved sides which expand towards the rim. The exterior is decorated with two rectangular panels separated by areas of blue ground with a reserved pale blue cross-shape with blue spots on the arms, and a half flower at the top and bottom of the vertical arm. The panels each contain two Chinese figures in a landscape in late Ming style. Inside at the bottom there are two concentric circles enclosing the date 1671 with a squiggle above and below. Below the rim there is a horizontal band with eight trefoil leaves pointing downwards.


History note: Purchased in Brussels on 31 March 1902 for 25 francs by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, third quarter#
Production date: dated AD 1671

School or Style

Late Ming

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Rim Diameter 24.6 cm
Foot Diameter 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with cut corners

  • Text: I feel sure this/is German - (Frankfurt) -.not Dutch.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2472-1928
Primary reference Number: 73565
Old object number: 1473
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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