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Vase and cover: C.14 & A-1996

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The vase is a heavily potted baluster vase, with a cylindrical neck slightly everted at the mouth, with rounded sloping shoulder tapered to low tapered footrim with a flat, recessed glazed base. It is made from hard paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue, with red, black, apricot, pink, brown, and turquoise enamels, and gilding.

The vase is decorated all over in Imari style; the neck has three panels painted in iron red with gilded lotus reserved on a blue ground. The shoulder has two phoenix (ho-ho) amid cloud scrolls, lotus and scrolling foliage. The body has three lotus panels, one containing two cranes by water with bamboo and prunus, one with kylin (shishi), butterfly and flowering lotus, and the third has a vulture in rocky landscape with iron red, apricot, and gilded scrolling flower heads on a blue ground between the panels.
There is a band of classic scroll round the foot rim, above which is repeated in the border around the neck.
The domed cover is similarly decorated all over in Imari style, with two phoenix amid cloud scrolls and lotus with a large Buddhist lion finial.

There is a crack on the nexk, with a large star crack across the base. The lion knop on the cover has been restored, and a large chip to the rim has been restuck. There is a chip to the gilding on the rim.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs M. E. Webb

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32 cm
Height: 62.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1996) by Webb, M. E., Mrs

School or Style

Imari style

Materials used in production

Underglaze colour
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14 & A-1996
Primary reference Number: 138638
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 June 2015 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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