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Vase: C.689A-1991

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Maker(s)

Unknown

Description

Vase with elephant handles. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze-blue. The pear-shaped vase has a slender neck, thick, rounded lip, and two elephant head and fixed-ring handles. The body tapers to a deep, flared foot with deep flat, recessed base. The elephant handles are finely painted with eyes, eyelashes, tusks and ears, and the fixed rings with single circle ornament. On each side of the body are elegant peony sprays in blue. The interior is unglazed, as is the base which is covered with a red, sandy deposit.
Of a pair of vases, with C.689B-1991.

Notes

History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 6th June 1935, Charles E. Russell Sale, as Song or Yuan for £31.0s.0d, Lot 64; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.7 cm
Height: 24.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

Yuan
14th Century
Circa 1300 - 1368

Components of the work

Decoration

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, painted in underglaze blue, with base and interior unglazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white, circular, serrated

  • Text: 208
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangular label

  • Text: Russell
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.689A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21065
Old object number: CHICER/260
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 May 2019 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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