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Bottle: C.353-1934

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


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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 the pear-shaped body. The bottle is painted in underglaze blue with a large flying crane and with a clump 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 footring shows traces of fine sand from the support.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn, RA

Legal notes

Bought with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Punwon-ri kilns ⪼ Kwangju ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934) by Brangwyn Collection


19th century
Choson Dynasty (1392 - 1910)
Circa 1850 - 1900


Such faceted bottles were first made in the eighteenth century (see Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol.19, 1980, pls.166-170) 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. For sherds of blue-and-white porcelain of the nineteenth century found at Punwon-ri see ibid. pl.239.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze Foot Diameter 10.4 cm
Rim Diameter 4.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, shaped, painted in cobalt-blue, and glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.353-1934
Primary reference Number: 16527
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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