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Dish drainer: C.4-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown (Probably)




White earthenware dish drainer, transfer-printed in blue and painted in red and green enamel, with a dragon holding a pearl.

Dish drainer. White earthenware, transfer-printed in blue under blue-tinted clear glaze and painted in red and green enamels. Oval, pierced by a large central hole surrounded by single holes and small groups of holes. Part of a Chinese four-clawed dragon holding a pearl reserved in a red background decorated with green leaves and reserved white and red flowers. On the reverse, transfer-printed underglaze in blue, a large leaf decorated with scrolls and a small pseudo-Chinese symbol.

Legal notes

Given from the Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.4 cm
Length: 37.1 cm
Width: 26.6 cm

Relative size of this object

37.1 cm2.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991) by Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection


Early 19th Century
Circa 1810 CE - 1820 CE

School or Style

Oriental style

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( cobalt-blue) enamels ( red and green)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, transfer-printed in blue under blue-tinted clear glaze and painted in red and green enamel-colours.

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1991
Primary reference Number: 75019
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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