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Bottle: C.31-1934

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Octagonal bottle with crane and bamboo. Porcelain, thrown, shaped, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. The tall neck has a projecting rim and spreads towards a pear shaped body. The bottle is painted in underglaze blue with a large flying crane and with a slump of bamboo on the reverse. The glaze is greyish-white and the body heavy and thick. The foot is outlined with a single blue line and the footing shows traces of fine sand from the support.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Place(s) associated

  • Punwon-ri kilns ⪼ Kwangju ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1934) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


Such faceted bottles were first made in the eighteenth century and were widely used as wine bottles; this tradition continued into the nineteenth century and the colours of the cobalt and the greyish-white glaze, the way the crane is painted, as well as the deeply cut footring, all identify this bottle as a product of the second half of the nineteenth century.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.31-1934
Primary reference Number: 74402
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 18 July 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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