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Water dropper: C.445-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Water dropper with butterfly and orchid design. Porcelain, slab-built, painted in cobalt-blue and glazed. This rectangular water dropper has a filler in the shape of a tiny frog on the top and a spout of the same form (slightly damaged) on one side. Each side is outlined in underglaze-blue and painted with a spray of orchids, the top also with a butterfly. The pale bluish-white glaze has been wiped from the base and the piece was fired on a sandy support.


History note: Unknown before donor

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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


The glaze colour is typical of the Punwon-ri kilns.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze
Water Dropper composed of porcelain Height 5.5 cm Width 7.4 cm Width 9.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.445-1984
Primary reference Number: 16504
Box number: 91
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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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