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Saucer dish: C.13-2003

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Saucer dish of hard-paste porcelain painted underglaze in greyish-blue with stylized floral motifs

Saucer dish. Hard-paste porcelain thrown, and painted underglaze in greyish-blue, the base and inside of footring unglazed and having numerous brown circles. Circular with deep sides, and a depression running round the interior below the rim, standing on a footring. Decorated in the centre with a plant with wavy stems surrounded by six detached leaves or flowers, enclosed by a circle. On the sides there are four stylized flower heads flanked by pairs of spots, and four stems of foliage between pairs or horizontal bands. On the exterior there are petal lapets.


History note: The Hoi An Hoard; sold by Butterfields, 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, California on either 11-12 October or 4 December 2000, Treasures from the Hoi An Hoard, Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th/Early 16th Century Cargo, probably day 1 or through their parent company Ebay over the internet. Peter Crabbe, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.1 cm
Width: 24 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003-10-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


15th Century, Late-16th Century, Early#
Circa 1480 - Circa 1520

Components of the work

Exterior composed of ceramic glaze ( except for base and interior of footring)
Interior composed of ceramic glaze
Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, and painted underglaze in greyish-blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular label printed in black round the circumference, and having a pale purple dragon in the middle

  • Text: 'SAGA - HOI AN HOARD - VISAL' round the top, and at the bottom '114765'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and pale purple
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13-2003
Primary reference Number: 95749
Entry form: 196
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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