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Pipe rest: C.91-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Pipe rest with openwork decoration. Porcelain, slab-built, pierced, with parts attached, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. The cubical body has openwork designs of leaves on three sides and a rounded trefoil opening on the fourth, to receive the bowl of a long Korean pipe. Two 'chimneys' are attached to the top, which is also pierced, one in form of a short cylinder, the other in the shape of a freely-modelled lizard with open mouth. The base is flat. Cobalt-blue in light and dark tones is effectively used to indicate the veins of the leaves and to highlight other parts of the pierced and attached decoration. The bluish-white glaze is thickly applied.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Punwon-ri kilns ⪼ Kwangju ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


19th Century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1800 - 1850


Few such pipe rests are extant. Tobacco had been introduced to Korea in the seventeenth century, but became really popular only in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Pipe Rest composed of porcelain Height 8.5 cm Width 6.1 cm Width 6.6 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.91-1984
Primary reference Number: 16502
Old object number: P
Box number: 96
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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